Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 6 Episode 5


Aired Unknown Oct 19, 1992 on CBS

Episode Fan Reviews (7)

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  • Brannon Braga is back, this time taking FOUR crew members into the depths of his own neurosis

    This "X Files" like alien abduction story (a Riker episode) is one of Star Trek's more effective mystery thrillers, slowly building up the tension before paying it off nicely. The episode has its dull points early, and the guest stars are as boring as wallpaper, but there's a can't miss scene that's beautifully laid out (one of the creepiest in the history of Trek), and a thrilling climax. Unlike previous TNG episodes about alien abductions (such as Samaritan Snare, Allegiance, and Darmok), this one is unique in that it's not about the aliens at all, but rather about the mindgames and weirdness our beloved Enterprise crewmembers experience throughout the course of the hour.
  • A psychological thriller which somehow manages to mix both humor and creepiness to great effect.

    Following in the path of "Clues", "Night Terrors", "Cause and Effect" and "Conundrum", this episode sets itself up as a mystery. It's not clear why Riker is so tired all the time. Worf has an unsettling experience at the barber, Geordi experiences hallucinations and Data disappears with no recollection of what happened. There's a disturbing experience on the holodeck, and pretty soon the entire Enterprise is at risk. Riker saves the day, but the conclusion leaves us with more questions.

    Oddly (but effectively), this episode throws in a bunch of humor to keep the viewer off balance. Mott the barber gives Worf a lecture on Klingon hair. Data gives a hilariously awful poetry reading. (Is Picard on a date here? Weird.)

    Not quite a classic, but an enjoyable episode.
  • Abductions by aliens won't necessarily stop just because we create warp drive, and are now exploring the galaxy. As far as our captors are's just business as usual.

    This episode theorizes as to how alien abductions might actually be occurring. After all, flying saucers and metallic, cigar-shaped objects flying through space and beaming us up into their UFO won't make the grade in the Star Trek universe. There has to be an entirely different mechanism to get the job done. Introducing: interdimensional abductions. Now, people can be abducted from a starship with even knowing it. And, this all seems consistent with the stories of the pig farmers and institution escapees of today's world. The episode didn't get a very high rating, but I loved it regardless, because of the element of mystery solving that the episode gives its viewers.
  • Star Trek's first alien abduction story (in the conventional sense)

    Schisms is Star Trek's first look at the alien abduction phenomena as we know. It works surprisingly well and it stands up to multiple viewing.

    The episode starts out slow but becomes fast paced at the end, almost to extreme. It would had been nice if care had been taken to keep the episode more evenly paced.

    One criticism of this episode is that the holodeck appears to be "too smart". During the scene in which the abductees are recreating their alien encounter for Troi, the computer seems to be making correct assumptions when building the table that it couldn't possibly had made from the voice commands given. This was obviously done to speed up what was already perhaps too long a segment.

    Major debate ranges over why the word Schisms would be chosen for the episode's title. Memory Alpha states "A schism is a split or division. As such, the title refers to the splits in subspace that allow the aliens to abduct crew-members". It neglects to mention that the word has a strong connotation with a split in a religion. The only other place I've seen the word schism used remotely similar would be in Hell Raiser where the portal to the cenobite's world was referred to by this word. I can only guess that the title is a tribute to Hell Raiser, something not confirmed by the show's producers.
  • Replicate me a sleeping pill

    A high quality filler in all but name. An episode that could potentially be the link to anew spin off show for the franchise.

    A slow beginning act wont do much to get you in the mood to watch the whole show. Yet, it would be a shame to leave and miss an amazing encounter with a transdimensional species and one that will remain elusive and unknown because its never encounter again (at least I believe so).

    The only strength of the middle act is the mystery setup by each scene. Everything else is purely mundane. One bright little event stands alone - Data is unable to use his unique attributes to work out what is going on.

    The end is a fairly low key affair, though Ryker was probably the best selected person for that role.

    To many regrets for this episode to be taken further, but it wasnt. Very low key story and episode except for what I mentioned above. They are the only reasons why it scored above a 7.
  • Riker wakes up late for his shift. It looks like Riker has not slept a wink. Meanwhile Geordi has an idea to help the crew map an extremely dense globular cluster. So Geordi channels the ship's warp energy into the main deflector grid,

    Riker wakes up late for his shift. It looks like Riker has not slept a wink. Meanwhile Geordi has an idea to help the crew map an extremely dense globular cluster. So Geordi channels the ship's warp energy into the main deflector grid, and the idea appears to work great. An explosion occurs in Cargo Bay 4. Geordi and Data go to investigate and find nothing is wrong. Some crew members start complaining of odd things happened to them. Even Data is not immune from this incident. He too experiences a loss of time. Don’t worry, Riker saves the day.
  • Riker and other crewmates begin feeling fatigue, while a temporal disturbance appears in a cargo bay. The crewmembers find that they are being abducted and experimented on by creatures from another dimension.

    One of the more interesting episodes but slow moving, touching on our current alien abduction stories. Riker and other crewmates begin feeling fatigue after charting an unknown region and soon the symptoms begin to manifest in hallucinations. At the same time an unexplained tetrion field or temporal disturbance appears in a cargo bay. Crew members are absent from the Enterprise and unaccounted for, while Data discovers lapse’s in his internal chronometer. Troi engages in some holodeck therapy with the victims and recreates the shared events. The victims recreate the same conditions, an operating table, a scissors like device, and clicking sounds. Meanwhile Dr. Crusher determines that Riker has had his arm amputated and surgically reattached. The crewmembers find that they are being abducted and experimented on by creatures from another dimension and the temporal disturbance is a bridge from one dimension to the other.
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