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.
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.
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.
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.
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