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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In this episode data refers to spot as a "he". But in episode 7×19 Genesis, spot is pregnant with a litter of kittens. See more »

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When Data reports that "The warp field has collapsed," the screen behind him shows the warp field doing just fine. See more »

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Lieutenant Worf: [attempting to take care of Spot] Spot! Come here!
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: In Theory (1991) 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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