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Where Silence Has Lease
Stardate 42193.6
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 28 (2.2)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

Patrick Stewart   IMDB   Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes   IMDB   Commander William T. Riker
Levar Burton   IMDB   Lieutenant Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn   IMDB   Lieutenant Worf
Marina Sirtis   IMDB   Lt. Commander Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner   IMDB   Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton   IMDB   Wesley Crusher
Guest Cast:
Diana Muldaur   IMDB   Chief Medical Officer Katherine Pulaski
Colm Meaney   IMDB   Miles Edward O'Brien
Earl Boen   IMDB   Nagilum
Charles Douglass   IMDB   Ensign Haskell
Ron Jones   IMDB
Winrich Kolbe   IMDB
Jack B. Sowards   IMDB
Laser Disc   ST:TNG LaserDisc Volume 14
The Next Generation Teaser #028: Where Silence Has Lease

The crew is held hostage in a mysterious void by a being who wishes to observe the many ways in which humans die.
While en route to the Morgana Quadrant, the U.S.S. Enterprise is engulfed by a mysterious "hole" having no dimensions and void of all energy and matter.

Captain Picard is perplexed by this mysterious oddity which cannot be measured or defined in human terms, and the crew is caught in a trap which, by their standards, does not even exist.

Unable to escape from the powerful hole, Riker and Worf decide to investigate an abandoned starship also marooned in the trap. On board the ship, the officers are confounded by a series of inexplicable incidents, but return safely to the Enterprise.

The crew is then confronted by a giant human eye which peers in at them through the main view screen. The being, calling Itself Nagilum, explains that he is using the Enterprise in an experiment to study human life - specifically, the many ways in which humans die. Wishing to observe death in all of its forms, Nagilum plans to use one-third to one-half of the crew as human guinea pigs.

Unwilling to stand by and watch his crew being slaughtered, Picard makes one of the most difficult decisions of his career. With Riker's support, Picard initiates the auto-destruct system of the ship - within 20 minutes, the Enterprise and her crew will be destroyed.

But as the sands of time slip away, Troi, Data and Geordi plead with Picard to reverse his decision, pointing out the futility of killing everyone on board just to spite Nagilum. While Picard wonders whether Nagilum is bluffing, the Enterprise is suddenly freed from the black hole and the captain is able to revoke the auto-destruct command with only two seconds to spare. Nagilum tells Picard that he observed enough watching the crew prepare to die to help him understand human nature, and Picard points out that they share one characteristic: curiosity.

By Dark Materia on 13 Dec 2002 20:14:19
Another red shirt bites the dust. The crew again at the mercy of a all powerful evil entity. The scene with Riker and Worf on the Yamato is nice and creepy. And is the final scene where Picard figures out Nagilum's real intent is also very good. Solid second season show.

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