Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 6 Episode 21

Frame Of Mind

Aired Unknown May 03, 1993 on CBS
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Stardate: 46778.1 Riker questions his sanity when his reality seems to shift between an alien psychiatric hospital and a play he is performing with other members of the crew.

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  • You'd have to be crazy not to like this episode. Perhaps you need another treatment.

    The backbone of this dark Riker episode is a fictitious play with the same title. It's such a fascinating piece of art on its own (with a great little set to boot) that the "Twilight Zone" like story built around it can't help but be compelling. Frakes is outstanding, adding just the right variations to his performance of the circular script, and the episode builds the intrigue and suspense before the quick, unpredictable ending. (Or not so unpredictable, if you're a big Star Trek geek and you know why the first shot of the Enterprise in space doesn't happen until close to the end of the episode!)moreless
  • Wonderful, thrilling episode.

    Gold acting stars for Jonathan Frakes in this episode. I was truly taken by both his performance and the sheer mystery of the whole situation. I mean, I knew that he wasn't actually just having hallucinations about his whole time on the Enterprise, but what about the recent events? It was so great how they lured me in with the different hallucinations. I loved when the crazy woman came up to Riker telling him that story about "her ship" and the communicator-spoon. :)

    RIker has definitely grown as a character now that he's out of this "have sex with everything that moves and do all the action stuff" phase. He's shown himself to be a great decision-maker ever since The Best of Both Worlds, and an emotionally strong person. He's still a counterpunch to Picard, but it seems to be in a more mature way. (although, explosive at just the right times.)

    Fantastic episode and definitely one of the top 5 of the season.moreless
  • Well written and acted, Frakes makes this one!

    Shortly, the episode is quite 'mental'. This one really rocked, I actually expected that at the end we will see Riker at the ward shouting "I'm not maaad!". Seriously, it was a nice blend of X-Files, TNG and a lot of Twilight Zone! Furthermore we see that Riker's mind is quite a Play-doh (a previous episode had a small alien kid which turned him a father and captain of the Enterprise..) A great episode!moreless
  • Riker is assigned to go on a undercover mission. The mission is five days away, so he will be able to participate in a play called “The Frame Of Mind” Strange things begin to happen Riker starts seeing weird looking Starfleet personnel.moreless

    Riker is assigned to go on a undercover mission. The mission is five days away, so he will be able to participate in a play called “The Frame Of Mind” Strange things begin to happen Riker starts seeing weird looking Starfleet personnel. He finds that he is in a mental hospital. Dr Syrus convinces Riker that the ship and his friend all were a delusion. Riker starts to believe Dr Syrus until Worf and Data take him back to the ship. But is this another delusion. You need to watch this episode and see. I rate this one a 9.4moreless
  • A dark pyschological episode

    This really is a dark episode. It replaces action with suspense and intrigue. Most of which is pyschological in nature.

    The story is essentially a "captured behind enemy lines" type. It also encompasses themes of torture (though for as per ST v. mildy) and asks in a limited way a few existential questions.

    The setting is nothing spectacular, with most of the scenes taking place between the Enterprise and the detention centre that Ryker is enprisoned in. The start is perfect in its setup, anchoring us in Rykers here and now - and his amateur dramatics rehersal. This plays an essential part in the core story throughout and is the perfect foil for waht is to come.

    What is easily the best facet of this episode is the story itself. Ryker is at his very best portraying a man whose mind has been subjected to the sort of mental torture that causes the mind to start disbelieving in the reality set before it. The way in which the scenes switch between his current reality in the prison and to his life back on the ship goes along way to convince us of his increasing plight. The prison doctors also provide a convincing foil for further developing his spiral into mental oblivion. Up to the point that Dr. Crusher arrives incognito to prepare this for escape. At which point Ryker doesnt know what to believe.

    Every scene. Every line of dialogue really convinces you of Rykers desperation. Its really hard not to empathise with him. Despite knowing that eventually he will be safe aboard the Enterprise.

    One of the better non-action type episodes.moreless
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Worf: (briefing Riker for a mission) This apparel will help you pass for a common merchant. This Talonian pendant is equipped with a communicator circuit.
      Riker: Hmm, doesn't really match the outfit.

    • Riker: What I need is to get out of this cell..I've been locked in here for've controlled my every move, you've told me what to eat , and what to think , and what to say , and then...when I show a glimmer of independent strap me down! Inject me with drugs! You call it a treatment!

    • Riker: You may be able to destroy my mind, but you can't change the fact that I'm innocent. I didn't kill that man! And that's what's driving you crazy.
      Psychiatrist: I can see we have a lot of work to do.

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