Series: The Next Generation
Air Date: March 18, 1991
Written by: Pamela Douglas, Jeri Taylor, and Shari Goodhartz
Directed by: Les Landau
While the rest of the Enterprise can't dream and are stuck in a binary star system, Troi saves the day by flying through green clouds and taking care of a wedgie.
While flying through deep space, the Enterprise comes upon a binary star system in which the U.S.S. Brittain has been stuck for the past few days. They have no idea why, only that they sent out a distress signal, and when they scan the ship, there are not a whole lot in the way of life signs. Troi uses her built-in natural sensors and senses... something... so she requests to be put on the away team. When the away team gets there, they find everyone dead by what seems to have been their own hands, except for one quivering mass of a male Betazoid hiding in a closet. He's speechless, and not just because Troi's there.
Back on the Enterprise, Troi tries to get the Betazoid to talk. He's so catatonic that they can only really communicate telepathically, but even then he seems to be speaking nonsense. "Double," "Eyes in the dark," "One moon circles," crazy, disconnected stuff like that which couldn't possibly point to the binary star system they were in. Meanwhile, Crusher reports back to Picard that the crew of the Brittain did, in fact, go crazy and kill themselves, but she can't figure out why. They weren't drugged, they weren't under the influence of a parasite, or anything like that, but records show that the captain was getting extremely paranoid near the end. *sigh* And then there are Troi's nightmares.
|What a view!|
Shouldn't be a problem. The Brittain's engines don't seem to be working, even though Geordi's sure they're fine, but, whatever, we can tractor beam it away. Only one problem... the Enterprise is stuck now, too... Data reports that they're stuck in a Tyken's Rift. Might as well be a fly trap, for all I understand about it, but what's important is they need an explosion to get free of it. Data and Geordi plan just such a thing to shoot out of the... the, uh... oh, the deflector dish, and the meeting is over. Picard, meanwhile, tells Riker to take a break and sleep off some of the craziness. But, in the turbolift, Picard encounters more crazy when he perceives the ceiling to be crushing down on him. How embarrassing for him when the turbolift doors open to the bridge while he's curled up on the floor and screaming.
|C'mon get hyped?|
In any case, they better get out of there soon because Chief Gillespie is starting to get paranoid in 10 Forward and wanting to start a riot against Picard. So they shoot their load out of the deflector dish and... nothing happens. The same energy that's keeping them there eats up the beam. Distraught and frightened, Worf runs off to his room and attempts to ceremoniously kill himself, but Troi stops him. Then she goes to the other Betazoid to see if she can find out anything else, and then she finally makes a connection. The things he's been saying are the same things she was hearing in her nightmares. They've been having the same dreams... so maybe they're not dreams... maybe they're a message!
|Oooohhhh, eyes in the dark! I get it now!|
Ya know, it doesn't sound all that bad when written out, does it? Unfortunately, this episode suffers from excruciating pacing issues and an unforgivable "special" effect of Troi floating. On top of that, there was really just too much other stuff going on which made it a little convoluted. This is like the Plan Nine from Outer Space of Star Trek episodes. A great idea, but terrible execution.