Phantasms

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  • 7.0

    Troi tells Data he needs to begin having sessions with her regularly, and Data reacts with the same joy I would if she asked me to do the same thing

    By Celedorian, Oct 27, 2012

    Director Patrick Stewart brings the weird (and then some) in this follow-up to six season's "Birthright, Part 1" that features Data's nightmares. The story (which includes violence to a level not normally seen on this show) advances through Data's repetitive dreams and visions, adding layers of mystery before eventually tying everything together in a freaky climax.



    Par for the course for TNG, "Phantasms" is memorable but hardly a standout episode, although Stewart does a nice job of directing himself in the B story, which uses the old malfunctioning ship gag from The Empire Strikes Back and Star Trek V.

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  • 9.3

    Data's dream program starts to bring about disturbing nightmares coinciding with problems with the Enterprise's warp engines.

    By denislemenoir, Jun 18, 2011

    This episode is best remembered for it's dark and disturbing dream sequences that really shook the boat. Data's head being torn off so physically and crudely is a powerful image and the workmen particularly stick in my mind as guys you wouldn't want to bump into. The dream sequences of Troi as a cake, Riker's brain being drained and Freud were all brilliant. They are all very clever too having direct connections to the real world. This episode really leaves an imprint on your mind and is true series highlight.moreless

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  • 8.0

    A creepy episode; one of the stronger panels from the 7th season.

    By pharoahsdance, Mar 18, 2011

    This unsettling episode follows in the mold of season 5's "Schisms". Data has a series of unsettling nightmares - intimations of something gone terribly wrong.



    Like "Schisms", the writers are willing to play with the audience expectations - there is plenty of humor here, not all of which I remember offhand but includes Data's hilarious pre-nap ritual. The scene where Data stabs Troi is pretty much the highlight of the episode - the kind of thing that will probably shake a viewer out of their complacency.



    That said, I have the same beef with this episode that I had with season 6's "Timescape" - the underlying explanation for what's happened seems very generic for TNG. "Schisms" had a much more satisfying resolution.moreless

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  • 9.7

    Data has a weird dream. Data thinks he has had a nightmare, so He starts explaining it to Geordi. Geordi explains to Data it is normal to have a nightmare. Data again has a wierd dream. This time he dreams of cutting a cake.

    By Pink_Floyd_AL, Dec 01, 2006

    Data has a weird dream. Data thinks he has had a nightmare, so He starts explaining it to Geordi. Geordi explains to Data it is normal to have a nightmare. Data again has a wierd dream. This time he dreams of cutting a cake. It kind of remind me of the Tom Petty video "Don't come around here anymore. Picard has been invited to the Admiral Banquet. But may not make it again this year. The "Enterprise" has a new warp core that is useless as a Ferengi in a Klingon brawl. Could it be gremlins at work?moreless

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