Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 7 Episode 18

Eye of the Beholder

4
Aired Unknown Feb 28, 1994 on CBS
7.3
out of 10
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Stardate: 47622.1 While investigating the mysterious suicide of a crew member, Troi and Worf begin to show romantic feeling towards one another.

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  • Troi has a dream.... or is it? Or is it not? Or... okay, you get the picture.

    6.0
    This slow and bizarre Troi episode can be confusing to follow even for hardcore Trekkers. (It helps to know that in Star Trek does not use exterior establishing shots of the Enterprise in space for scenes that are hallucinations or dreams, such as the stories in "Future Imperfect" and "Frame of Mind".) The episode is intended as a murder mystery that plays mind games with the viewers, but sometimes it seems the writers and actors are more confused than us. The conclusion, by the writers' own admission, is (unintentionally) vague, and the episode requires a careful viewing to understand what's real and what's not.moreless
  • Another so-so episode from TNG's final stretch.

    7.0
    This is another psychological mystery that involves Deanna being put upon, following up on "Violations" and probably others I can't think of.



    There's a fair amount of creepiness and tension built throughout. The direction of the episode is subtle enough that, though we can tell at times that Deanna is hallucinating, the line between dream and reality is blurred.



    Ultimately, though, this episode's success rides on two factors - your interest in Deanna's neuroses (somewhat overplayed at this point), and to what degree you find her romance with Worf to be convincing. At this point in the series, I really could not care either way.moreless
  • Riker tries to save Lieutenant Kwan from committing suicide, but fails. The crew are left wondering why Lieutenant Kwan committed suicide. Troi senses a jumbled mix of emotions on Nacelle Control, but can’t place where it is coming from.moreless

    7.4
    Riker tries to save Lieutenant Kwan from committing suicide, but fails. The crew are left wondering why Lieutenant Kwan committed suicide. Troi senses a jumbled mix of emotions on Nacelle Control, but can’t place where it is coming from. Troi becomes distraught and returns to the “Enterprise”. Beverly suggests Troi rest for 4 hours and then go back. This time Troi and Worf returned to Nacelle Control. Troi starts seeing things and Worf disappears before her eyes. Troi and Worf become romantically involved on this episode or do they? Now Troi is on the verge of suicide.moreless
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Trivia: In a previous episode, warp speed limitations were imposed due to the damage high-speed warp travel was having on the universe. This is one of the few subsequent episodes where this issue is addressed: Picard is given authority to exceed warp limitations if the situation demands it.

    • When Lt. Kwan was about to jump, why not activate the transporter to prevent the incident from occurring?

    • When the service record for Lt. Kwan is accessed, it shows the same stardate for his assignments to three different ships. And no stardate for his assignment to Utopia Planitia.

    • Deanna is specifically searching for a red-haired man, but when she runs a database search many of the faces that show up are of women.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Riker: Is there... someone in particular you're talking about?
      Worf: No. Is there... someone in particular you would prefer I not become involved with?
      Riker: Worf... you sound like a man asking a friend if he can start dating his sister.
      Worf: No, I am merely... never mind. Excuse me, sir.

    • Worf: Counselor, when I pulled you from the plasma stream, you seemed surpised I was alive.
      Troi: Well, actually in my hallucination, you were killed.
      Worf: May I ask by whom?
      Troi: Well, you know what they say, Mr. Worf, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned."

  • NOTES (3)

    • Asteroid field shot with Enterprise recycled from "Galaxy's Child."

    • Nora Leonhardt appears in more episodes of the series. She is Marina Sirtis's body double. The entire cast was there to watch her perform in this episode. She is also seen on the Enterprise-B's bridge crew in Star Trek: Generations. In fact Patrick Stewart's body double is there as well.

    • Early storylines had Deanna hooking up with either Will Riker or Tom Riker but they decided to pair her up with Worf.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Troi: Well, you know what they say, Mr. Worf, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned."
      This is a frequently-used adaptation from a line in William Congreve's play The Mourning Bride.

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