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If there was a neglected character on TNG, most people would say it's Troi, but oh no, it's Crusher. The Enterprise D's lovely auburn haired doctor didn't get many episodes devoted to her character and while she did get screen time in plenty of episodes for being-well the Doctor, it wasn't often was there an episode focusing on her and when there was, it could be lackluster efforts like Sub Rosa or Higher Ground.
You get to see Dr. Crusher very frequently in this episode as it centers around her, her friends and crew mates who seem to be disappearing before her eyes, and shes the only one who notices. At one point it's even funny to see Data, the ships android who doesn't forget a thing remark that he doesn't know who Worf is, or that when it's only Captain Picard and her, that "The Enterprise never needed a large crew before" when the ships normal complement is over 1000 people. It seems that Wesley's experiments in warp drive created an alternate universe that is slowly evaporating and Wesley needs to find a way to rescue his mother but he'll need help, in that someone from Wes's past appears.
No villain unless you count your own mind with the talk of thought in relation to warp drive can be connected and that's how Beverly got trapped in the first place. This episode has a great boil at the end with Beverly putting pieces together to try and learn where she is and escape from impending doom while the rest of the crew tries to save her.
A great episode. After a set up with Beverly trying to find her missing friend and snowballing into the whole ship, it ends with a bang. I wish they had used Beverly in more episodes, hell this one episode she does more then in any of the movies. I'm glad they finally remembered Beverly.
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At first nothing appears to be wrong, but then Dr. Crusher discovers that Dr. Quaice has disappeared. Not only is he gone from the ship, but nobody has any memory of him. Soon the crewmembers of the Enterprise begin to disappear as well, but Dr. Crusher is the only one who notices anything is wrong.
A powerful vortex of light appears and nearly pulls Dr. Crusher in. On the other side of the vortex, Wesley is desperately trying to bring her back to the real Enterprise, where she is the only one missing.