Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 5, Episode 12

Violations (1 Feb. 1992)

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Transporting three Ullian mind-probing historians, the Enterprise crew is stymied when some of its members fall into a coma. Deanna Troi, the first crew member to come through it, cannot recall anything surrounding the incident.



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On a mapping journey the Enterprise hosts a party of Ullian 'mind historians', specialists who telepathically retrieve people's long-forgotten memories from many races. Keiko O'Brien and Dr. Crusher enjoy resuscitating pleasant memories, but the Ullian leader Tarmin's frustratingly overbore son Jev abuses his abilities on non-volunteers, against their code, and enters their thus nightmare-altered memories as a key character, leaving Troi and Riker in an apparently unprovoked coma which only resembles the rare neurosis irizine, without the associated histamine level change. Then it happens to Crusher the bad way, but Troi wakes up after three days, alas with a total black-out. After eliminating any other imaginable cause, Picard has to suspect the Ullians, Troi accepts a memory probe by Jev, who makes her believe it's Tarmin's doing, but Geordi and Data do some research... Written by KGF Vissers

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The writing staff created memory flashbacks for every major character before Riker, Troi and Beverly were chosen. One involved Ensign Ro's actions resulting in a court-martial. Another was La Forge's traumatic childhood memory of being caught in a fire, which was used in the previous installment Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hero Worship (1992) instead. See more »


Doctor Crusher refers to the thalamus as "the part of the cerebral cortex involved in memory function." However the thalamus is not part of the cerebral cortex, and is not considered all that vital to most memory processes. See more »


Commander William T. Riker: I just thought... it might help to hear a friendly voice - even if you don't know you're hearing it.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Bizarre Episode to Say the Least
2 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode pushes some boundaries. Other than implied sexual encounters done with a wink, this subject is sort of left out of this series. The holodeck presents interesting possibilities but it makes one wonder if there are limits on the programming. Just like Mom checking your computer history. In this episode a trio of aliens comes to probe the minds of Enterprise crew members for historical purposes. A database is being put together by these figures. Keiko is led through a childhood memory, leading to some wonderful experiences. The youngest member of the trio, a leering guy, seems conflicted with his know-it-all father. Shortly after they've finished their session, he walks Troi back to her quarters. After he departs, she begins to experience what seems to be a rape, which culminates in her lapsing into a coma. She sees the face of Riker over her and that transforms into the son, Jev. These comas attack Riker and Crusher after Deanna, each experiencing a scene of intense violence where they seem to be at fault. The captain suspects that their guests have something to do with this, but he must also be diplomatic since there has been no "physical" presence, only in minds of the victims. Because I never understood the real calling of these people, when it ended I was left cold. A somewhat confusing episode.

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