Oscars 2021: Explore the nominees, videos, photos, and more.
18 user 8 critic
As an unknown force drags the Enterprise, Deanna Troi struggles with the loss of her powers.


Chip Chalmers


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Hilary Bader (teleplay by) (as Hilary J. Bader) | 7 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Kim Braden Kim Braden ... Ensign Janet Brooks
Mary Kohnert Mary Kohnert ... Ensign Tess Allenby
Whoopi Goldberg ... Guinan


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 empathic powers, an inexplicable loss of control she finds more than terrifying. Indeed she hands in her resignation. Every attempt to fight the aliens fails, and it's forcing the Enterprise straight to fatal danger. At the last moment Deanna comes up with a 'two-dimensional theory'. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


TV-PG | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


This is the first episode of TNG without Wesley Crusher's name in the list of regulars. See more »


When the Enterprise is trying to get the attention of the two dimensional creatures, they fire photon torpedoes 7km in front of the beings. Worf states that he has fired, then states that it is 5 seconds till detonation. When that doesn't work, they fire directly into the field of beings. This is at least 7km closer to the Enterprise, but Worf still states that it takes at least 5 seconds for the torpedoes to reach their destination and detonate. See more »


Counselor Deanna Troi: You know what the worst part of this is? And I've seen it happen to so many patients.
Commander William T. Riker: What?
Counselor Deanna Troi: The way other people change. How they start to treat you differently. They walk on eggshells around you. Sometimes they avoid you altogether. Sometimes they become overbearing - "reach out a helping hand to the blind woman".
Commander William T. Riker: I'm sorry if I...
Counselor Deanna Troi: I will not be treated that way!
See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
See more »

User Reviews

The stages of loss
25 February 2016 | by skiopSee all my reviews

After the barely watchable "Final Mission", TNG returns to form with "The Loss", the first episode in which Wesley Crusher is neither featured nor credited.

The episodes starts with Troi counseling a widow who never fully accepted her husband's death. Surely, Troi handing her her late husband's music box is iconic. As their counseling session completes, Troi loses her empathic powers, obviously due to some spacial anomaly (natch).

What follows is both Troi and her patient coming to terms with their respective losses—from denial to acceptance. The various members of the crew try to help Troi in their own way, but Guinan as usual is the most helpful.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 18 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.


Official Sites:

Official site





Release Date:

29 December 1990 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Television See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed