[image=http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/d/d3/Data_arm.jpg] [image=http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/d/d3/Riker_straw.jpg] [image=http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/b/b0/Troi_knife.jpg] TNG 706: Phantasms -Premise: Interphasic parasites contaminating a conduit in a temporary replacement warp core cause Data's dream program to generate nightmares. -T2Q Comments: (first off, that's the most technobabbletastic premise description I've come across on Memory Alpha thus far!) Granted, this is Data, but I find it odd that he doesn't remove his boots before going to bed. Troi cake- mmm, delicious. I actually remember that moment, as well as the scene of Crusher sucking Riker...'s brain. Admiral Nakamora- scientist from B5: Thirdspace. I like that they more or less recreate the piece of stock footage used so often for the warp jump to use for the second jump failure. "Next time- see me before you see Sigmund" The stabbing scene is certainly an eye raiser (apparently US reaction had this scene trimmed down by the BBC for the Uk airing) "Tell him he is a pretty cat." I remember this phased parasite things- creepy. One flaw in this analysis, as the imagery is said to have the workers represent the creatures who are "demolishing the ship" when the creatures' threat is actually devouring the crew, not the ship. This is probably their best success yet at an episode centered around dream images or nightmares- be a nice component to a Halloween playlist. This is also something of a sequel to Birthright (it establishes that 9 months have passed since then), though not directly so, only so far as the development of the dream program goes. As such I'd say it's standalone enough to be just "Good Episode, But Not Necessarily Essential" though I'd definitely want to see it again, so it's another borderline episode between GEBNNE and Definitely Essential (or, perhaps, "Potentially Essential). Up next: TNG 707: Dark Page & TNG 708: Attached.