Star Trek: The Next Generation

The Game

Season 5, Ep 6, Aired 10/28/91
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  • Episode Description
  • Stardate: 45208.2 An addictive game is distributed among the crew of the Enterprise, however, it appears that this game interferes with a person's logic and reason, which leaves the crew open to manipulation. Only a young Ensign and a vacationing Wesley Crusher are able to think for themselves, and must find a way to reverse the damage before the ship falls into the wrong hands.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Dorn

    Lt./Lt. Cmdr. Worf

  • LeVar Burton

    Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

  • Jonathan Frakes

    Cmdr. William T. Riker

  • Marina Sirtis

    Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

  • Gates McFadden

    Dr. Beverly Crusher

  • Fan Reviews (11)
  • Time to Play the Game

    By Celedorian, Mar 15, 2012

  • Wil Wheaton finally gets his due with a great action episode.

    By pharoahsdance, Nov 27, 2008

  • This is a decent episode, but I found the premise difficult to believe.

    By cindeecalton, May 26, 2007

  • A Very Special Episode

    By Cromionic, Nov 19, 2007

  • Wesley comes back to save the day.

    By adarascarlet, Apr 20, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Troi: First, you spoon the fudge around the rim, leaving only ice cream in the middle. (eats a bite) Then, gently spoon the ice cream around the sides like you're sculpting it. (eats another bite) Relish every bite. Make every one an event. And on the last bite, close your eyes. (She closes her eyes and has a spoonful.)

    • Troi: I never met a chocolate I didn't like.

    • Wesley: What was your first year like ? Data: Although I did extremely well scholastically, my lack of human understanding often created social obstacles. Wesley: Like what? Data: I particularly remember the phenomenon of practical jokes, several which I fell victim to.

    • Riker: Chocolate ice-cream, chocolate fudge and chocolate chips. You aren't depressed, are you? Troi: I'm fine, Commander.

    • Data: A conflict has arisen between the planetary evolution team and the stellar physicists. Each wishes to be the first to use the thermal imaging array. Geordi: Well, tell them to flip a coin. We got to work together on this mission or otherwise we'll never get it done. Data: A coin. Very well, I will replicate one immediately.

    Notes (2)

    • The phaser Wesley puts on auto fire to shoot the force field was eventualy pulled off the show because it can barely be seen.

    • This was the first episode to air after the death of Gene Roddenberry.

    Trivia (3)

    • Watch closely in the background of the Observation Lounge surprise party scene, and you will see Jonathan Frakes uncontrollably laughing at his other cast members' reactions, and Michael Dorn is trying to settle him down by giving him harsh looks.

    • The game works through the eyes. How can Geordi play the game? It can't use his eyes and I cannot believe it can work with his VISOR, because it works with heat and chemical/electronical sight.

    • As Wesley is forced to watch the mind controlling game, he tries to prevent its effects by closing his eyes, but Riker and Worf force them open by pulling his eyelids apart. As they are doing this, Wesley blinks. Surely if you can blink, you can close your eyes.

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