As an unknown force drags the Enterprise, Deanna Troi struggles with the loss of her powers.



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The Enterprise encounters a mysterious entity, which turns out to be two-dimensional and is towing the ship. Just then Counselor Deanna Troi finds herself devoid of her telepathic powers, an inedited loss of control she finds more then terrifying, indeed she hands in her resignation. Every attempt to fight the aliens fails, and it's forcing the Enterprise straight to fatal danger. Only at the last moment Diana comes up with a 'two-dimensional theory'... Written by KGF Vissers

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29 December 1990 (USA)  »

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The counselor's office was slightly modified after its last appearance in "The Price" but its appearance remains pretty much unchanged from this episode on. See more »


When Troi is talking to Riker in Ten Forward, she has her hands folded together in front shots and her arms folded in shots from the side. See more »


Counselor Deanna Troi: Right now, I feel as two-dimensional as our friends out there - in the universe, but barely aware of it. Just trying to survive... on instinct.
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Absolutely God Awful
20 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I read almost all of the reviews for this one before I watched this episode. I was very tempted to skip it. But I'm a completist, so I needed to watch it. I want to state right now that if you just want to watch the good/great or EVEN MEDIOCRE episodes of the show, skip this one entirely. It has almost no merit.

I will award two stars to it instead of one because even when the Deanna Troi character is at her worst she has flashes of extreme sexiness. But who would want to be near her anyway? She is at her whiniest in this episode. A bit of self-pitying is fine, but when it's taken to the extreme and you're lashing out at good people because "THEY JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND" then you're just being a child.

Also, the story of the "two dimensional phenomenon" that is drawing the Enterprise into its vortex is one of the dullest things in Trek history. Apparently, a seemingly innocuous purple cloud in space (the dramatic music that accompanies its presence is especially humorous) has eliminated Deanna's powers, yet she wants to resign and be done with the entire ship before they even handled the problem. It was the utter nadir of stupidity for her to be so reactionary so quickly. It reminded me of a comedy in which someone torches a building or some other extreme thing because he misinterpreted something, then he when he realizes his mistake he just grins stupidly and shrugs his shoulders. Who could regard such a person with any degree of respect ever again? I'm watching the entire "Next Generation" series. So far two of my top five least favorite "Next Generation" shows ("The Child" and this episode) feature Deanna-- and I'm just midway through season four. Maybe that number will increase.

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