Data deals with his new ability to experience nightmares as the Enterprise deals with the installation of a new warp core that won't work as expected.

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While Picard's is running out of excuses to decline Admiral Nakamura's invitation to a Starfleet flag officers banquet, Geordi's having difficulties with installing a new warp core. Dr. Soong's dream program gives Data his first nightmares; Troi advises against stopping it. She suggests therapy and a temporary interruption when the visions disturb his internal chronometer so he oversleeps, and spontaneously occur while on duty. However one element proves a real organism, so it's decided that Geordi and Picard use a device that allows them to enter Data's dreams and interact with him and other characters. Written by KGF Vissers

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23 October 1993 (USA)  »

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One of the few uses of Steadicam in the series, during Data's dream sequences. See more »

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It has been clear that the Enterprise needs to be fixed as soon as possible. When Data is putting the engine offline and Geordi is telling the captain he needs a couple of hours to reconstruct the plasma conduits, you'll see short after that Data is in his quarters again. Data does not need rest, and yet he is watching his cat spot like he has nothing else to do. His priorities at that moment would be the repairs of the engine/ship. See more »

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Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: You know, I'm curious. What were you dreaming about when we woke you up?
Lt. Cmdr. Data: I have not fully assimilated its impact. I would prefer to study the images further before discussing them.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Mm... Sounds like it must've been pretty strange.
Lt. Cmdr. Data: 'Strange'... is not a sufficient adjective to describe the experience.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Parallels (1993) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Not great...but the stabbing and brain-eating scenes were pretty cool.
2 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Data received a dream program in the show a few episodes back. Now, for the first time, he's exploring his ability to dream. However, things go pretty weird as his dreams have a repetitive and rather violent nature. So, Data tries to enlist the help of Freud* to tease apart the hidden meaning of these dreams. Later, however Data stabs Counselor Troi (yay!) and the crew quickly realize that Data isn't evil or nuts-- there are some weird giant invisible creatures eating away at them and Data was trying to destroy them. Can they stop these brain slugs before it's too late?

This is a fairly good episode. But some of the dreams are so disgustingly weird (such as Dr. Crusher slurping away at Riker's brain with a straw) that I found myself enjoying the show much more! Worth seeing.

*It's a bit anachronistic about having the Freudian angle in the show as today most therapists have rejected major portions of analytic therapy. This sort of long, long-term therapy has been supplanted by more short-term and problem-focused therapies (such as Behavioral and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies). So why in the 24th century is Data consulting with Dr. Freud in the dreams?


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