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Dr. Crusher portrayed as someone who can figure things out

  • May 7, 2004
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The most endearing quality of this episode is that it showcases Dr. Crusher as an intelligent woman who can figure things out on her own. This is in direct contrast to so many other episodes where her lines often reduce to a variant of "I don't know . . . "
The episode starts when her aged friend Dr. Quaice beams aboard the Enterprise and begins talking about having lost his wife and so many of his friends. After hearing this, Dr. Crusher visits her son Wesley in engineering, where he is conducting an experiment. During the climax of the experiment, there is a flash of light, but it is confined to engineering.
Beverly then goes to visit Dr. Quaice in his quarters, but cannot locate him. After an investigation, she learns that there is no record of his having boarded the Enterprise. This is only the beginning, as slowly the Enterprise crew disappears. However, those who are left do not find this unusual, and they begin questioning her sanity. Eventually, all are gone except Dr. Crusher and Captain Picard and Picard does not find it unusual at all. The fact that there are only two people on that enormous ship does not have an affect on him. He also vanishes, leaving Beverly alone on the ship.
Through all of this there are two occasions when a vortex of some kind threatens to engulf her and pull her off the ship. Finally, when the Enterprise computer informs her that the bounds of the universe are slightly bigger than the Enterprise, she realizes that she has been transferred to an alternate reality that is collapsing on itself. With the aid of the Enterprise crew in the true reality, she eventually returns to where she belongs. The Enterprise crew does not accomplish this alone, her return is accomplished with the aid of the Traveler, introduced in episode 6, "Where No One Has Gone Before."
I consider this a good, but not great episode. The showcasing of Beverly Crusher as a thinking person was refreshing, although the inclusion of the traveler seemed unnecessary.

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While theEnterpriseis docked at Starbase 133, Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) welcomes aboard a dear, aging friend, Dr. Dalen Quaice (Bill Erwin). Meanwhile, her son Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton) performs an experiment on the warp engines. When Dr. Crusher visits Wesley in the midst of the experiment, a bright flash of light occurs.

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.

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Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Paramount

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