Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 4 Episode 17

Night Terrors

5
Aired Unknown Mar 18, 1991 on CBS
7.6
out of 10
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Stardate: 44631.2 Troi faces a recurring nightmare when the Enterprise is caught in a rift in space. The crew soon begins to slip into insanity through dream deprivation.

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  • Trekker Terror....

    8.0
    .... Usually the Troi-centered episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation are not the jewels of the franchise but "Night Terrors" is a pretty good episode. Basically, the Enterprise gets caught in a rift in space (the same rift that saw another ship get stuck and its crew gone mad) and can no longer experience REM sleep. This makes the crew become paranoid, hallucinate and get altogether dangerous all except Troi (who is trying to communicate with the other ships' Betazoid to find answers) and Data, who doesn't need sleep.



    "Night Terrors" has a thick atmosphere and an effective, creepy mood; featuring some of the most shocking and scary scenes of the entire series (yes, morgues are just as scary in the 24th Century). The ending isn't exactly interesting or thrilling but it's great to see Patrick Stewart, Gates McFadden and Marina Sirtis give some fantastic performances - Brent Spiner in particular gives probably the most interesting performance in the episode with a heartfelt (for Data, anyway) effort.moreless
  • Terror That Will Make You Yawn

    6.0
    This Troi episode attempts to be a sci fi horror thriller but comes across as a convoluted yawner with poor special effects. There are some nice touches (the morgue scene with Dr. Crusher might have the creepiest moment in the history of Star Trek), but also a lack of energy and cohesion. (It didn't help that the episode originally ran nine minutes too long and had to have some pretty big pieces cut out of it for television.) While there are worse Troi episodes, there are certainly quite a few better ones as well.moreless
  • The “Enterprise” finds the “Brattain” a science ship adrift in space. It seems that the crew went crazy and ended each others life. Only one survivor, a betazoid male who is catatonic keeps mumbling about “eyes in the dark one moon circling”.moreless

    8.9
    The “Enterprise” finds the “Brattain” a science ship adrift in space. It seems that the crew went crazy and ended each others life. Only one survivor, a betazoid male who is catatonic keeps mumbling about “eyes in the dark one moon circling”. Later Dr Crusher finds people on the “Enterprise” are unable to remember their dreams. Upon further study she find something is stopping REM sleep, but she does not know why. The “Enterprise” is now adrift in space. Will the mystery be solved or will the “Enterprise” suffer the same fate. I rate this one a 8.9.moreless
  • The Enterprise crew begins seeing and hearing things while Troi has nightmares.

    8.4
    After finding the USS Brattain, and her dead crew, the Enterprise crew begins experiencing strange things aboard their own ship. Troi is having nightmares. The key lies with a single survivor from the Brattain.



    This episode was one of the best of the fourth season (not counting the conclusion of the Best of Both Worlds). Many of the strange goings-on aboard the Enterprise were unnerving, with the morgue scene being downright creepy.



    The only annoying part of this episode was the recurring nightmare that Troi was having. The frequency with which we saw that dream was a bit much, considering that little changed in the whispers that were heard from the aliens.



    Overall, very good job.moreless
  • TNG does scifi horror, with very good results. The ending is a bit dissatisfying.

    8.0
    TNG tried its hand at horror a few times during the run of the series, and this is probably the best attempt. It's an excellent psychological thriller, and even when we find out that there's a "perfectly reasonable scientific explanation (TM)" the tension continues to climb. The crew - particularly Patrick Stewart and Gates McFadden - do a great job of portraying the crew's gradual descent into madness.



    There are two particularly powerful, intense sequences - Worf's attempted suicide and Beverly's hallucination in the morgue. Guinan's sheriff scene in Ten Forward injects some levity.



    TNG often struggled to find satisfying conclusions to its best episodes - given a seemingly insurmountable challenge, the writers often used "outs" that seemed like cop-outs. I would put this episode's conclusion into that category. Not bad, but I would have liked something better.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

John Vickery

John Vickery

Andrus Hagan

Guest Star

Duke Moosekian

Duke Moosekian

Ensign Gillespie

Guest Star

Craig Hurley

Craig Hurley

Ensign Peeples

Guest Star

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg

Guinan

Recurring Role

Colm Meaney

Colm Meaney

Miles O'Brien

Recurring Role

Rosalind Chao

Rosalind Chao

Keiko O'Brien

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Beverly is examining the room full of dead bodies that suddenly are all sitting up, she closes her eyes and says, "Go away." She then opens her eyes and all of the bodies are laying back down. If you look over her right shoulder when she first opens her eyes, that body is still in the upright position. It is not, however, when the camera angle changes.

    • Picard refers to the science vessel as the USS Brattain and that is how it is referred to on on-screen diagrams etc. But the exterior shot of the ship's main hull shows the name USS Brittain.

    • When Data talks to Troi about one electron circling one proton in a hydrogen atom, the picture they are talking about actually shows an atom of deuterium with one electron circling one proton and one neutron, and the text on the screen says "Hydrogen stored in the form of deuterium".

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Aliens: (repeated) See the eyes in the dark, one moon circling.

    • Data: Sir. As my final duty as acting Captain, I order you to bed. I shall do the same for all personnel.
      Picard: Certainly, Commander Data. And...thank you.
      Data: Pleasant dreams, sir.

    • Ensign Peebles: Someone's still here!
      Geordi: What did you say, Ensign?
      Ensign Peebles: Can't you hear it? There's someone still alive on the ship! I heard...I mean, I thought I heard...
      Geordi: The ship was searched thoroughly, there's no one here.
      Ensign Peebles: Sorry sir, my mistake.
      Geordi: Don't worry about it. There were 34 people found dead on this ship. That's enough to make anybody uneasy.

    • Gillespie: Kenicke in Engineering told me he saw a man in an old Starfleet uniform riding the lift near the engine core. But when the lift got to the top, there was no one on it.
      O'Brien: Ghost stories?
      Gillespie: There's more. There's lots more. There are strange things happening on this ship, O'Brien.
      O'Brien: I'm surprised at you, Gillespie. A Starfleet officer? I have better things to worry about than shades and spirits.

    • (Guinan fires phaser rifle in 10-Forward)
      Ensign Gillespie: What is that?
      Guinan: This is a little souvenir I picked up from Magus 3. That was setting number 1. Anyone want to see setting number 2?

  • NOTES (1)

    • A ton of inside jokes can be heard in this episode. Neussite 283 (Wendy Neuss), Mooride Polyronite 4 (Ron Moore), Bio-Genovesium (Cosmo Genovese), Takemurium Lite (David Takemura), and Hulzelite (Gary Hutzel) were named for various behind-the-scenes people.

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