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Star Trek - The Next Generation, Episode 106: The Game

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One of the more absurd plots and an extremely unpalatable ending

  • May 28, 2007
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This episode is one with a very weak plot and an ending that just falls completely flat. Commander Riker is on an R & R break with a woman and she introduces him to a game. A headset generates images of funnels that can be moved via thought and the goal is to capture disks in the funnels. While it appears innocuous, the game is one that stimulates the brain in such a way that the person can be manipulated and controlled. Riker brings the game back to the Enterprise and introduces it to the rest of the crew. The crew becomes incrementally addicted and under the control of the woman who originally gave Riker the headpiece.
Wesley Crusher is on leave from Star Fleet Academy and back on the Enterprise. There is a young woman who was recently assigned to the Enterprise played by Ashley Judd. They become friends and notice how the crew is becoming attached to the game and acting strangely. Wesley is particularly concerned when Data somehow becomes incapacitated and no one seems to be willing or able to help him. Finally, when Wesley and his new friend run a simulation on the device they learn that it is addictive and leaves the player open to suggestion.
Wesley notifies Captain Picard of the effects, but it is too late, Picard has already come under the influence of the game. Wesley learns what has happened to Data and attempts to repair him. Finally, Wesley and his friend are in engineering and too late, Wesley learns that she is now under the influence of the game. This sets off an extreme form of pursuit, where the entire crew is chasing Wesley throughout the ship. He is eventually captured at the time when the Enterprise crew is being ordered to turn their ship over to the criminals and begin passing the mind control devices to other Federation ships. Fortunately, Wesley was able to restore Data and Data discovers and executes a cure for the affliction.
What makes this episode so weak is how easy it is for the bad people to take over the minds of the Enterprise crew. The Enterprise is the flagship of the Federation, so one would think that there would be more checks on the behavior of the crew than what is exhibited here. Recall how many times the original Enterprise crew encountered species capable of entering their minds. Finally, even though Wesley saved the Enterprise and perhaps even the entire Federation, he receives no commendation or even a thank you from Picard. He simply packs his bags and goes back to school. In an organization like Star Fleet such a commendation or a positive note in the Captain's log would be a very natural action.

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Studio: Paramount Home Video

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