ST:TNG 4.10 The Loss ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch

It's a troubling Troi episode, and you can't help but be empathetic when the ships empath loses her powers in 4.10 The Loss.

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The Loss
Season 4, Episode 10

  • Troi experiences a loss of her empathic powers just as The Enterprise gets caught in the path of 2 dimensional creatures who are on a direct path to a cosmic string, which is a one dimensional black whole.
    Character Focus:
    • Obviously, this is a Troi episode with her losing her empathic abilities. I was pretty happy to see a Troi-focused one that wasn't romantic-based as we have seen previously with 1.11 Haven and 3.08 The Price. This one is really about her, and the struggle to deal with not having an ability that is second nature to her and a key part of her role on the ship.
    • Riker and Beverly play important roles here, as they are both there to (try) and support Troi at this challenging time.

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    What I remembered about this episode:
    • I remember this as the episode where Troi loses her powers, and didn't think of it much more than that but I do also vaguely remember the idea of 2 dimensional creatures which I still think is a very cool idea.
    What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
    • This is a rare chance to see Deanna at work counselling the crew; I only remember seeing this before with introduction of the character Barclay but as that episode had a lot to do with his well-being and he beelined out of her office it doesn't quite seem to count.
    • Guinan again, rocks. I love how she casually says to Troi that she's going to apply for the ships counselor position, how it has better hours and that she could do it. Even when Troi calls her on it, it's still a great conversation between people that know each other well and have that ability to get through when other people can't.
    What feels different now, than then:
    • There is a quite surprizing almost-confrontation between Troi and Riker, where he's trying to be comforting to her and she totally lashes out and he calls her on it saying that there was something a little too aristrocratic about her comfortable position of having the upper hand in most situations. It's quite heated.
    What remained the same:
    • Not too much, I think this is one that I would normally dismiss as an "I remember this one" ep, but I got a lot from watching it, especially understanding how much she lashes out at people which is so against her nature.
    What I see differently:
    • This is the first episode after 4.09 Final Mission, and with no Wesley in this episode it appears that he will be off the show for a while.
    Great Quotes:
    • "How do you people live like this?"- Troi
    • "Therapists are always the worst patients - except for doctors, of course." - Dr. Crusher
    • "This little nuisance is beginning to lose its fascination." - Picard
    • "People come to talk to you about things they want to reveal. As ship's counselor, you have to get them to talk about things they *don't* want to reveal." - Troi
    • "Human intuition and instinct are not always right. But they do make life interesting." - Guinan
    Left off at:
    Troi theorizes that two dimensional beings are moving on instinct to the gravitation of the cosmic string and Data comes up with a way to trick the beings into moving in a different direction enough to free the ship from their path. Once The Enterprise is clear of the two dimensional beings, Troi regains her empathic powers and can confirm they wanted to move to the string as it is their home.

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