Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 6 Episode 5


Aired Unknown Oct 19, 1992 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • During the holodeck scene, La Forge tells the computer that the light was maybe 2 or 3 meters above the table. La Forge was sleeping without his VISOR, making it impossible for him to tell them where the light was or even if there was a light.

    • Just as Riker picks up the captured female crew member and turns toward the portal, his phaser falls out of its holster. As soon as he arrives in cargo bay 4, his phaser is right back where it belongs.

    • Worf describes the exam table as inclined while they are reconstructing memories in the holodeck and the others agree. However, when we see Riker in the alien exam room, neither table is inclined, nor do they appear to have the features necessary for a table able to become inclined (footrest, as seen in the holodeck exam table, or tight restraints to keep the person from slipping off the edge). In addition, when Worf requests the table to be inclined 15 degrees, the resulting table is actually closer to a 45 degree incline.

    • In the holodeck recreation scene, Worf says "Computer, generate whispering in the shadows?" The computer generates the whispering. The female with them says "more like clicking sounds" and the computer complies with her without asking it to do so. All of the holodeck commands are preceeded with "computer".

    • When Lt. Hagler returns to the ship, Worf states that he is in his quarters on Deck 7 section 17. However, when Dr. Crusher arrivers and orders plasma for injection, she requests that it be sent to Deck 7 Section 19.

    • In the holodeck recreation scene, Troi says "computer, make this a metal table." The table goes from being a wooden table to a metal platform with a headrest. This is an unusual extrapolation of the term "table."

    • Picard says all the crew is safe and accounted for. This is pretty hard to believe, considering one of the crew is dead

    • In the scene where Picard comes to engineering to ask LaForge if he has been succesful in locating Riker's homingbeacon, you can see the blue light of the warpcore reflected in the window. Outlined in that reflection, near Geordi's chest, you can see a studio spotlight.

    • In the recreation on the holodeck, they all agreed that the table was inclined, but when Riker was abducted it was not. They also said that that they could not see beyond the table. However, when abducted, the room appeared much better lit than they had recalled. Granted, this was like them remembering a dream, but they all remembered it the same (and incorrect) way.

    • In the holodeck, when recreating their experience, Riker asks the computer to make the clicking louder, but not only do they get louder, they multiply, even before he asks for more of them.

  • Quotes

    • Data: We sat on the sand for some time and observed
      How the oceans that covered the world were perturbed
      By the tides from the orbiting moon overhead.
      "How relaxing the sound of the waves is," you said.
      I began to expound upon tidal effects
      When you asked me to stop, looking somewhat perplexed.
      So I did not explain why the sunset turns red,
      And we watched the occurrence, in silence, instead.

    • Data: Ode to Spot. Felus catus, is your taxonomic nomenclature, an endothermic quadruped, carnivorous by nature? Your visual, olfactory, and auditory senses contribute to your hunting skills and natural defenses.
      I find myself intrigued by your sub-vocal oscillations, a singular development of cat communications.
      That obviates your basic hedonistic predilection for a rhythmic stroking of your fur to demonstrate affection.
      A tale is quite essential for your acrobatic talents, you would not be so agile if you lacked its counter balance. And when not being utilized to aid in locomotion, it often serves to illustrate the state of your emotion.
      Oh Spot, the complex levels of behavior you display connote a fairly well developed cognitive array. And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend, I none the less consider you a true and valued friend.

    • Data: I have written my next poem in honor of my cat, I call it "Ode to Spot."

  • Notes

    • The chair Worf sits in when he gets his hair cut is used in the Friends episode "The One that Could Have Been." The chair is seen in Joey's apartment.

    • This is the only time Ensign Rager gets to do something other than sit at Conn, push buttons and say, "Aye, sir."

  • Allusions

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