Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 6, Episode 5

Schisms (17 Oct. 1992)

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Commander Riker's inability to fall asleep begins to show in other members of the crew in other forms, putting the Enterprise on the trail of a mystery.



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Commander Riker has not been sleeping well but Dr. Crusher can't find anything wrong with him. He is constantly exhausted and has images of object in his mind that he can't quite place. He is not the only one with a sense of deja vu and with others, manages to piece together what has been happening. It would seem they are being taken from the ship during their sleeping hours by a race conducting experiments on them. Who they are and what they hope to achieve is unknown but everyone agrees it must be related to the inter-dimensional hole in space that is somehow being created in one of the cargo bays. Written by garykmcd

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This episode is famous among fans for Data's complex, over-written poem, Ode to Spot. See more »


REM deprivation does not make a person feel tired (which is what happens to Riker here). The effects of REM deprivation are more accurately depicted in the episode "Night Terrors". See more »


[on the holodeck, several crew members are recreating the room, its equipment and instruments from their visions step by step]
Counselor Deanna Troi: All right. You were lying on the table. You had a bright light shining in your eyes. Were there any smells in the room? Were there any sounds?
Commander William T. Riker: Yes. Yes, there was a sound. Computer, there were noises, coming from the darkness. Strange. Like whispering.
[the computer creates a rustling sound]
Kaminer: More like clicks. Clicking sounds.
[the computer changes to a single clicking]
Commander William T. Riker: ...
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Referenced in Signs (2002) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Why Do They Know So Little and Yet So Much
24 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This isn't such a bad episode. As is so often the case, as the characters become more and more confused as to why these things are happening to them, they seem to come up with solutions, right out of the blue. This high tech solution-making is a critical part of many episodes. It always amazes me to find our guys Geordi and Data coming up with an endless stream of options to a problem they've never encountered. None of these make any sense to me. Do they to anyone? Is this real science or is it made to sound good. I know on doctor shows they do some of the same stuff, but their are medical experts who could, conceivably, tear things apart. Do people in the space sciences do the same thing. Members of the crew are becoming sleep deprived and don't know what is happening to them, just that they are a mess. Also, crew members have been leaving the ship without outside access or permission. Riker is a mess. They have to do something, and this is where all the talk comes in. Some kind of light source is in the dock area and is starting to compromise the ship. They must find a way to stop it. How do they do it? They just do.

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