Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 7, Episode 6

Phantasms (23 Oct. 1993)

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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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Admiral Nakamura (Clyde Kusatsu) appears for the first time since Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Measure of a Man (1989). He would also appear in the series finale Star Trek: The Next Generation: All Good Things... (1994). See more »


The 24th century seems to use the metric system exclusively. They use Celsius and meters throughout the whole series. However, Dr. Crusher says, in the senior staff meeting, that "We'll collapse into nothing but a few pounds of chemicals", but the metric unit for mass is the gram. See more »


Capt. Picard: [to Data] Normally, I would wish you pleasant dreams. But in this case, bad dreams would be more helpful.
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Androids and Nightmares.
1 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

ST:TNG:158 - "Phantasms" (Stardate: 47225.7) - this is the 6th episode of the 7th and last season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

While Geordi is installing a new warp core on the Enterprise, Data, having experienced his first nightmare, talks with Counselor Troi who encourages him to keep experiencing these bad dreams though he's apprehensive about doing so. Soon, after another nightmare, he "oversleeps" since his internal chronometer fails. Data soon experiences strange hallucinations and begins attacking Troi!

But what is causing his nightmares? Watch this intriguing episode that delves further into Data's dreams (as began in "Birthright, Part I").

Trivia note: Clyde Kusatsu reprises his role as Admiral Nakamura (the last time we saw him was in the second season episode "The Measure Of A Man", another Data-oriented episode). Worf mentions his son Alexander. And we also see Data's cat Spot again (which Worf turns out to be allergic to), right as Data goes to bed!

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