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Night Terrors
Stardate 44631.2
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 91 (4.17)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

         
Cast:
Patrick Stewart   IMDB   Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes   IMDB   Commander William T. Riker
Levar Burton   IMDB   Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn   IMDB   Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden   IMDB   Commander Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis   IMDB   Lt. Commander Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner   IMDB   Lt. Commander Data
Guest Cast:
Rosalind Chao   IMDB   Keiko Ishikawa O'Brien
John Vickery   IMDB   Andrus Hagan
Duke Moosekian   IMDB   Ensign Gillespie
Craig Hurley   IMDB   Ensign Peeples
Brian Tochi   IMDB   Ensign Peter Lin
Lanei Chapman   IMDB   Ensign Sariel Rager
Colm Meaney   IMDB   Miles Edward O'Brien
Whoopi Goldberg   IMDB   Guinan
Deborah Taylor   IMDB   Captain Chantal R. Zaheva
Music:
Ron Jones   IMDB
Director:
Les Landau   IMDB
Teleplay:
Pamela Douglas   IMDB
Jeri Taylor   IMDB
Story:
Shari Goodhartz   IMDB
Published
Laser Disc   ST:TNG LaserDisc Volume 46
DVD   ST:TNG DVD 4.5
VHS   ST:TNG VHS 4.6
Teaser
The Next Generation Teaser #091: Night Terrors

Trapped in a rift in space, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are plagued by unexplained hallucinations and increasing panic that threaten to destroy them.
Synopsis
he U.S.S. Enterprise locates the U.S.S. Brattain, a science vessel which has been adrift for several days, only to discover that the entire crew, with the exception of the ship's Betazoid counselor, is dead. Troi tries to communicate with the survivor, but can deduce no information that unsheathes the mystery that took place onboard the frigate. After performing autopsies on the crew members, Dr. Crusher concludes that the 34 men and women killed each other. As Troi is being tormented by strange nightmares, Geordi finds that while there is nothing wrong with the Brattain's engines, he is unable to activate them.

While Geordi tries to rig the Brattain to the U.S.S. Enterprise to be towed, members of the crew begin exhibiting signs of increased irritability and paranoia. Troi and Beverly approach Picard to warn him that whatever happened aboard the Brattain may be starting aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, and recommend leaving the area as soon as possible. Picard agrees, but when they try to leave, the engines shut down - just as they had on the Brattain.

An unaffected Data surmises that the U.S.S. Enterprise has become trapped in a Tyken's Rift, a massive rupture in space that is draining the ship's energy. Data points out that the ship can create an explosion to escape the rift as Captain Tyken did years before. But Picard, Riker and the rest of the crew are beginning to lose their grip on reality. A shaky Beverly approaches Picard with results of her experiments on the Brattain victims and tells him they went insane due to dream deprivation. She then points out that all the starship crew members but Troi are not dreaming, and will go insane if they do not depart the rift soon.

Data works with an increasingly incapacitated Geordi to create the explosion necessary to free the U.S.S. Enterprise from the rift. The plan fails, however, and Data informs Picard that they cannot try again. Soon afterward, Troi follows a distraught Worf to his quarters just in time to stop the Klingon from committing suicide.

Working with her catatonic patient, Troi discovers that he is experiencing the same images that she sees in her nightmares. This convinces her that they are actually in an attempt at communication. Data confirms that another ship could be trapped on the other side of the rift, and that if they could somehow be told to release a gas into space, the U.S.S. Enterprise could create an explosion to free them both. Troi attempts to reach them in a dream, while the crew releases hydrogen to combine with the other gas and create an explosion. As the last of the hydrogen is expelled, they fear they may be stuck for good, but Troi's efforts to reach the ship on the other side of the rift prove successful when at the last second, a massive explosion frees the U.S.S. Enterprise.
Reviews

By Dark Materia on 14 Dec 2002 08:24:17
A psychological thriller kind of a story. There an eerie feeling throughout the show and some really creepy scenes. Troi plays a major part and does it pretty well. Although the dream sequences are involentarily amusing they don't totally ruin the atmosphere.

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