Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2, Episode 2

Where Silence Has Lease (26 Nov. 1988)

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The Enterprise encounters a mysterious void in space and when they move in closer to investigate further, it envelops them and they can't get out.



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While en route to the Mogana quadrant, the Enterprise comes comes across a unique phenomena for the first time. It appears as a black void, with no matter or energy readings of any kind. As the Enterprise approaches the entity, it envelops the ship completely. They find however that they are unable to leave and when a Romulan vessel suddenly appears, Picard and the crew realize that something is amiss. Unable to move or leave and facing a lifetime as a prisoner of Nagilum, who wishes to experiment on them, Captain Picard decides there can be only one solution to set them free. Written by garykmcd

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Riker uses a tricorder in this episode. The only other time he is seen doing this in the entire series is in the episode Power Play. See more »


When Worf and Riker are on the bridge of the Yamato, the dedication plaque is still that of the Enterprise. In the remastered HD version, the name on the plaque has been digitally removed. See more »


[first lines]
Counselor Deanna Troi: You're worried.
Capt. Picard: With reason.
Counselor Deanna Troi: About Worf or Commander Riker?
Capt. Picard: Both. I think it is perhaps best to be ignorant of certain elements of Klingon psyche.
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References Uchû senkan Yamato (1974) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Like getting stuck in a hall of mirrors
11 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The Enterprise encounters a huge space cloud. So, they go in for a closer look and get stuck within. The laws of physics simply stop applying and the ship's movement results in no change in heading. Later, other ships appear and all seem to be 'phantom ships'--with no crew. When Riker and Worf beam over to one, the ship completely defies all physical laws--having multiple bridges and it all ends up being like a hall of mirrors with no exit. And, when exits appear in the cloud, they quickly seal up! None of this makes any sense and the cloud is behaving as if it's alive and jerking them around! What gives? Will they be stuck there forever?

After a long and fruitless search for a real way out, suddenly a giant face appears in the cloud and begins talking to them--asking questions about a wide variety of things. Then, it begins treating the crew much like lab rats--and even kills one. In fact, it announces that it's going to kill many more--at which point the Captain decides that it's best to self-destruct than put up with this. What's next?

While this episode is interesting, it's also a bit claustrophobic-- with the crew being stuck mostly on the bridge for the entire episode. This limits its value as entertainment just a bit...though it is still worth seeing if you are a fan of the series.

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