Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 7 Episode 6

Phantasms

4
Aired Unknown Oct 25, 1993 on CBS
8.4
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Stardate: 47225.7 Data's new dream subroutine causes him to experience nightmares which provide a unique insight into strange events that are occurring on board the Enterprise.

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  • Troi tells Data he needs to begin having sessions with her regularly, and Data reacts with the same joy I would if she asked me to do the same thing

    7.0
    Director Patrick Stewart brings the weird (and then some) in this follow-up to six season's "Birthright, Part 1" that features Data's nightmares. The story (which includes violence to a level not normally seen on this show) advances through Data's repetitive dreams and visions, adding layers of mystery before eventually tying everything together in a freaky climax.



    Par for the course for TNG, "Phantasms" is memorable but hardly a standout episode, although Stewart does a nice job of directing himself in the B story, which uses the old malfunctioning ship gag from The Empire Strikes Back and Star Trek V.

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  • They Messed Up In This Episode!!......

    10


    Did you know that Data's cat is a boy in this episode, but in another episdode, the cat becomes pregnant and has kittens!! They really messed up there, but I don't really care, because I don't like cats, and I thought that it was sooooooo funny that in the end that Data might have a house full of cats, and I thought it was funny that Worf sneezed on the cat..........



    but this episode is hilarious..... In one of Data's Dreams, Dr. Crusher was drinking RIKER with a straw that came out of his forehead!! she said "Do you want some?? It's delicious!!" and that dream counselor person said "Kill Zem!! Kill Zem Befour It's Too Layte!!" and we all get to find out that Data is capable of haveing some kind of premonitions.... which enable him to see the parasites that are infecting The Enterprise........moreless
  • Data's dream program starts to bring about disturbing nightmares coinciding with problems with the Enterprise's warp engines.

    9.3
    This episode is best remembered for it's dark and disturbing dream sequences that really shook the boat. Data's head being torn off so physically and crudely is a powerful image and the workmen particularly stick in my mind as guys you wouldn't want to bump into. The dream sequences of Troi as a cake, Riker's brain being drained and Freud were all brilliant. They are all very clever too having direct connections to the real world. This episode really leaves an imprint on your mind and is true series highlight.moreless
  • A creepy episode; one of the stronger panels from the 7th season.

    8.0
    This unsettling episode follows in the mold of season 5's "Schisms". Data has a series of unsettling nightmares - intimations of something gone terribly wrong.



    Like "Schisms", the writers are willing to play with the audience expectations - there is plenty of humor here, not all of which I remember offhand but includes Data's hilarious pre-nap ritual. The scene where Data stabs Troi is pretty much the highlight of the episode - the kind of thing that will probably shake a viewer out of their complacency.



    That said, I have the same beef with this episode that I had with season 6's "Timescape" - the underlying explanation for what's happened seems very generic for TNG. "Schisms" had a much more satisfying resolution.moreless
  • Data has a weird dream. Data thinks he has had a nightmare, so He starts explaining it to Geordi. Geordi explains to Data it is normal to have a nightmare. Data again has a wierd dream. This time he dreams of cutting a cake.moreless

    9.7
    Data has a weird dream. Data thinks he has had a nightmare, so He starts explaining it to Geordi. Geordi explains to Data it is normal to have a nightmare. Data again has a wierd dream. This time he dreams of cutting a cake. It kind of remind me of the Tom Petty video "Don't come around here anymore. Picard has been invited to the Admiral Banquet. But may not make it again this year. The "Enterprise" has a new warp core that is useless as a Ferengi in a Klingon brawl. Could it be gremlins at work?moreless
Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt./Lt. Cmdr. Worf

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Picard: I just got a message from Starfleet Command
      Riker: Bad news?
      Picard: Could say that. (sighs) I've been invited to the Annual Starfleet Admiral's Banquet.
      Riker: My condolences.
      Picard: I managed to avoid it for the past six years, but now it'd seem that my luck has run out.

    • (upon seeing Deanna as a cake in his dream)
      Data: It is a cellular peptide cake.
      Dream Worf: With mint frosting!

    • Freud: The image of Counselor Troi, a female, is devoured by you, clearly indicating an unconscious desire to possess your own mother.
      Data: But I do not have a mother.
      Freud: Do not interrupt! The knife, in its violent connotation, suggests a certain feeling of sexual inadequacy.
      Data: But I have no sexual desire.
      Freud: Ah, impotence on top of everything! It is all becoming clear to me now.

    • Data: (regarding Spot) He will need to be fed once a day. He prefers feline supplement one-twenty-five.
      Worf: I understand.
      Data: And he will require water. And you must also provide him with a sand box. And you must talk to him. Tell him he is a pretty cat, and a good cat...
      Worf: I will feed it!
      Data: Perhaps that will be enough.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Data: Cutting the Cake
      The scene when Data is given the knife to cut the cake resembles The Alice in Wonderland Themed "Don't Come Around Here No More" Music Video by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers where Tom Petty as the Mad Hatter cuts a piece of a cake shaped like Alice's Body with her real head at the top as she screams, which is almost the same as when Data cuts a piece off the cake shaped like Troi's body with her real head at the top as she screams

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