ST:TNG 6.05 Schisms ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch

Unnerving bizarre memories among the crew reveal multiple abductions and experiments in 6.05 Schisms.

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Season 6, Episode 5

  • Riker and several other members of the Enterprise crew are having trouble sleeping as well as odd, strong emotional reactions to objects all while the ship is charting a large dense cluster via amplified sensors. Further investigation leads to a subspace rift and that aliens from the other side are pulling Enterprise crew members through and experimenting on them.
    Character Focus:
    • Riker is the focus here, especially because a lot of the episode follows him in the having trouble sleeping part of the story. He also gets to pull the brave card (which is always does) and volunteers to take on the risk of being awake at the time of his next abduction
    • We also get to see a fair amount of time with Geordi and Data who both play a large part in the science part of the story, plus Data also is one of the abducted and also shares a poetry reading with the crew.
    What I remembered about this episode:
    • I remember be totally scared by this one, as it was truly an alien abduction story and those always scare me; with this one it was the re-creation scene in the holodeck and specifically when it all comes together with the clicking sounds. It was also a little ahead of the curve in '92 coming out before the film Fire in the Sky in '93 and The X-Files which started in '95.
    • I also really remember the re-creation scene in the holodeck, which I think is one of my favourite uses of the holodeck because it's so practical. A way to bring a hazy vision to life and continually shape and reshape it until it's right. Fascinating.
    What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
    • Not too much, I remember this one this one very vividly. Although near the end Picard says everyone is aboard and accounted for and okay, and Riker indicates that one person did die. I wonder if I missed something there.
    What feels different now, than then:
    • I was surprized how much this one holds up even when knowing what the mystery is. There is such an unnerving feeling achieved through so many different ways from us seeing Riker appear to feel like he got zero sleep when Geordi tells him it's the next day, or when Data loses time, or when all the shared experiences of the crew members affect them throughout their duties. When you put it all together along with the whole poking into subspace and getting something come back, that's a whole lotta craziness.
    What remained the same:
    • Data's poetry reading was hilarious. "Ode to Spot"... oh my. That one will always get me.
    • It's so scary when they ask the ship if everyone is accounted for and 2 crew members are missing. And I still freaked out when one is returned and his biochemistry is changed so much he ends up dying.
    What I see differently:
    • It was hilarious to see Data realize that Geordi is right over him in terms of the fact he lost and isn't synchronized with the ships computer. Data is genuinely surprized. I did find it odd that Data didn't remember anything about the abduction, that's pretty unusual for a story of this nature to have him and the organic crew members have the same reaction.
    Great Quotes:
    • "Felis catus is your taxonomic nomenclature - An endothermic quadruped, carnivorous by nature." - Data
    • "I've been in this room before." / "We've all been here before." - Geordi / Riker
    • "Ensign Rager and I were lucky to have escaped. Lieutenant Hagler is dead. Whoever it was that sent that thing was more than simply curious." - Riker
    Left off at:
    When it's discovered that the aliens are creating a pocket of space and pulling people into subspace, Riker volunteers to have a homing device on him and be drugged to stay awake for his next abduction. When he goes back The Enterprise tries but the rift between the 2 spaces gets erratic and eventually Riker jumps back into ship with carrying the other abducted crew member.

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