Series: The Next Generation
Air Date: November 28, 1988
Written by: Jack B. Sowards
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe
The Enterprise investigates a hole in space in which an intelligence runs lab tests on them.
You see that description in the Premise up there? That's pretty much the whole show right there. If I really wanted to be lazy, I could end the review right there. But... there is one more thing. First, however, there's what little there is of a B story. Worf and Riker battle it out in the holodeck during Worf's daily calisthenics. This includes punching and slashing and killing Ninja Turtles and Skeletor. For a moment Worf, in his bloodlust, considers going after Riker, but then Riker asserts his command and Worf's Starfleet training kicks in. They take a breather and then head to the bridge. And that's all for that.
On the bridge, the Enterprise encounters a literal hole in space. Not a "black hole", although it is black, but a blob of nothingness. They send probes, but they return nothing. All that's left to do is to enter the void. So, like the stupid humans they are, that's what they do. When they get inside they find that it doesn't appear possible to move around. They turn on the engines, but they do nothing. They zoom in to the void, but it doesn't appear to zoom. They're pretty much just stuck. And then, the impossible happens.
|They destroy a Romulan ship with one shot! Impossible!|
That's when Nagilum appears. He's appears and just a face on the viewscreen. He says he tried to mimic human form, but... well, it doesn't really work. I mean, he looks more like a anthropomorphic frog than anything. He says the Enterprise is in a laboratory and he's running experiments on the crew. He says he wants to continue running experiments to understand the meaning of death. He says not to worry - it'll only take about a third of the crew. That's the "one more thing" I was talking about. The tests include death. So, Picard and Riker decide to sass back with the self destruct sequence.
|Sassy-stance Riker self destructs.|
This episode was really quite boring. Nagilum basically just runs some random tests and then we refuse to be a part. Too cut and dry. I just didn't really care for it.