Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 2 Episode 2

Where Silence Has Lease

Aired Unknown Nov 28, 1988 on CBS

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  • Not truly unique, but still above average.

    The theme of this episode is almost identical to the one that preceeds it (The Child) but it is conveyed through a story that is more interesting and satisfies to a greater degree. Like "The Child" this episode is concerned with an alien entity trying to learn as much as it can about the human race; but while The Child tries to accomplish this with a a relatively harmless presence that manifests itself through human offspring, this episode uses a being of inderterminate form with a essentially immoral outlook. Immoral in this case does not mean evil, but instead means a basically neutral moral outlook toward what it is reviewing; in this case the being takes a merely intrigued outlook toward human's and learning about them. It is neither overly concerned, not totally ignorant of what it is studying. This outlook leads to Picard's decision to "fight" this being not with overt force but to deny it what it seeks by destroying all of it's potential lab subjects. This casual outlook toward human's also leads to one of the hilight moments of the episode; namely death of Haskel, which the entity views as totally inconsequential morally but slightly useful empirically because it provides the entity with some very limited insight into what death entails.

    As far as visual effects go, the actual void that makes up the creature's internal space is decent enough, but the facial manifestation is quite tacky and appears dated even for the time period it was filmed in. These visual flaws aside, the story as a whole serves as an adequate vessel to get it's message and theme across, and even though the ending is no surprise at all (end the season two episodes in by destroying the ship and everyone on it....) it does not end leaving the viewer feel disappointed.
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