81. Dramatis Personae (1.18)

Synopsis: The crew becomes infected by a telepathic imprint of a culture that destroyed itself.

Memory Alpha Summary: Troi’s feeling pain right about now

Review: A fun episode for the actors, but it’s yet another where some mysterious thing affects the entire crew and someone needs to save them at the last possible second before everyone dies. Didn’t we just do this with Babel (and several other times on TNG)? This episode is much better, but it’s still tiring.

This may be my favorite performance by Avery Brooks during season one. When he gets angry or excited he can emote a little too much, but he’s delightful when playing the indifferent, bored captain who defers everything to O’Brien.

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