Writer: Jack B. Sowards
This is a very unusual episode. It has only one plot – many episodes have two things going on that somehow get linked, but this one concentrates fully on the one story. The Enterprise finds a hole in space, and accidentally ends up inside it trying to get out. The try flying out the way they came, going to maximum warp and hoping to fly out the other side… they try loads of stuff and basically it doesn’t work.
They encounter a Romulan vessel that turns out to be an illusion, they beam across to the USS Yamato (their sister ship, which also appears to be there but also turns out to be an illusion) and then they are tantalised with openings back into the real universe than vanish as soon as they set course for them. In the end, they discover an entity called Nagilum that is effectively holding them prisoner in this void. He kills a member of the crew just to see how much the human body can cope with, and asks Pulaski to demonstrate reproduction. (Ugh, Troi would have been marginally better!)
Picard decides to destroy the ship (to prevent Nagilum studying human death, which he guesses will use between a third and half of the crew) so Nagilum sends duplicates of Troi and Data to talk him out of if, which of course doesn’t work. They end up being set free.
Pulaski is still an odd character – she has taken a dislike (or at least an indifference) to Data who is at this point the most popular character on the show – last show she made a bit deal of pronouncing his name wrong (Daa-ta instead of Day-ta) and this time she questions whether or not he knows what he is doing when called upon to magnify an image on the viewscreen. It is very hard to like her.
Oh, and there is this odd sequence on the holodeck with Worf at the start. Has nothing to do with the story and shows him fighting monster things. They do turn up again a number of times – presumably to justify the cost of the costumes and set in this episode.
This is just an odd episode. It starts with Picard walking out of his ready room looking lost (perhaps he had a few too many in Ten Forward the night before) and just goes nowhere. Hard to like, hard to have any opionions about at all really.
Crew Deaths: 1
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 5