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Star Trek: The Next Generation 2.2 (Where Silence Has Lease)

Colm Meaney (Miles O’Brien)
Charles Douglass (Ensign Haskell)
Earl Boen(Nagilum)

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
Score: 3/10


September 13, 2008 - Posted by | anomaly (spacial/temporal), chief o'brien, doubles or duplicates, inside another stafleet ship, self destruct, super beings, worfs holodeck exercise program |


  1. I liked Pulaski, and far prefered her to Crusher. Partly this is because at the time I had not seen much of the Original Series and didn’t realize how like McCoy she was made to be. She did always seem much more competent than Crusher, and much more professional.

    I also approved of her dislike of Data because, as much as I liked Data he is after all and android, and I don’t believe that androids or holograms, if they existed, should be considered alive. An android should never be able to serve in Starfleet. They should be left to do the kinds of jobs droids do in Star Wars. Data should be rated no higher than a protocol droid.

    For one thing, his inability to experience emotions and the ease with which someone skilled in computers and cybernetics can switch off his “morality subroutines” makes him a loose cannon.

    I had actually wondered when I saw this episode if Pulaski’s pronunciation of Data was supposed to be a heavy-handed clue to point out that she wasn’t American like the entire rest of the crew and most of the aliens. Day-ta is after all the U.S. pronunciation. She obviously wasn’t British, but maybe…Canadian?

    Comment by Joe Dick | January 17, 2009 | Reply

  2. I have to agree with Joe above. Pulaski’s rational makes sense, though in “Silence” she is still finding the role. Later episodes use her so much better…

    Comment by DPC | May 13, 2010 | Reply

  3. Crusher is and always will be better. We don’t need to see some old fart that was on TOS. Talk about episdoe, not about Data you dumbasses

    Comment by Mac | September 1, 2010 | Reply

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