Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 7 Episode 6

Phantasms

4
Aired Unknown Oct 25, 1993 on CBS
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Episode Fan Reviews (5)

8.4
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  • 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.
  • 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.

    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?
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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........
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