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Star Trek - The Next Generation, Episode 131: Schisms [VHS]

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  • Actors: LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden
  • Directors: LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, Gabrielle Beaumont, Robert Becker, Cliff Bole
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: March 3, 1998
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 079214662X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785,387 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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You know those aliens who give anal probes to rural farmers and perform cattle mutilations? Well, Earth is not the only focus of their surgical investigations, as the Enterprise is loath to discover. As the episode opens, Commander Riker has been having trouble sleeping. Rather, he's been falling asleep fine but waking up unrested. Soon others begin to feel "off" in a similar way. Then Geordi somehow winds up with a foreign bacterial infection that interferes with his visor. The trouble is traced to a subspace rupture in cargo bay four. Expanding on the late-'80s phenomenon of recovered memories, a group therapy session on the holodeck reconstructs the alien operating room that they all believe they've been taken to, giving them comfort in knowing the alien violations are really happening. Meanwhile, the subspace rupture is expanding to the point where it may destroy the Enterprise, and they need to figure out a way to stop it. The ultimate message of this episode is that there are forces in the universe that we may never understand, and it's more than likely that these forces are malevolent. Oh, and Data learns that poetry cannot be good or interesting if it's just technical formalism without emotional substance. --Andy Spletzer

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While mapping an extremely dense globular cruster, sensors aboard the Enterprise mistakenly detect a massive explosion in cargo bay. When crew members who were near the cargo bay begin to exhibit strange symptoms, including excessive fatigue, paid and anxiety, an investigation reveals a mysterious sub-space force in the room. Troi (Marina Sirtis) examines those afflicted and learns that they share a common memory of an intense emotional experience. When Data (Brent Spiner) learns that he was physically absent from the ship for more than an hour, Picard (Patrick Stewart) surmises that an alien force has been conducting secret medical experiments on the crew.

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By A Customer on February 16, 2001
I love this episode because it combines your classic UFO abduction stories with Star Trek, to create a unique and exciting episode. Another thing I like about this episode is that it's probably the erriest one, especially (in my opinion, anyway) in the scene where the abductees recreate the alien craft on the holodeck. Star Trek fans will definitly get their money's worth!
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By A Customer on May 29, 2001
I was searching for this episode for over a year. "Askme.com" gave me the title/episode number, and "Amazon.com" to purchase it. This was one of my favorite "Trek/NG". It was a haunting episode which I thoroughly enjoyed, and I've been around since Kirk. It's worthy of any collection.
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The Enterprise is busy mapping the Amagosa Diaspora when several of the crewmembers report unsettling visions to Counselor Troi. When she gathers Riker, La Forge and Worf on the holodeck, they are able to reconstruct an examination table that looks like something from a torture chamber. Meanwhile, in Cargo Bay 4 an area of subspace instability has suddenly appeared, and, as we all know, there are no coincidences in space...
The mystery part of "Schisms" is certainly an intriguing set-up, but the payoff is less than stellar. The scene when Dr. Crusher informs Riker than his arm is a teeny bit shorter because it had been amputated and reattached is where I start to lose it with this episode. What I do like about this episode, besides Troi getting to do her job with the bridge crew rather than some unknown person brought in just for a particular story, is that the ending is not a clean resolution. "Schisms" is certainly one of the darker STNG stories.
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This episode is a rather pointless exploration of alien abduction theories. All the suspense is contrived, and the episode never really goes anywhere, nor does it do anyhting experimental. It just sets up a situation, never resolves it, and never goes back to it later in the series. For UFO conspiracy buffs only, unless you're a completist.
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Well, it's all in "Schisms" if you want to know. It's definitely darker, eerier, and more psychologically unnerving (Probably what most teenagers want nowadays) compared to other episodes. Fortunately, it isn't as gross as say, "Conspiracy". Plot: Some of our heroes are having trouble sleeping, especially Riker. Not only that, people are having strange reactions with seeing certain objects (Worf with scissors, Riker with the conn panel, etc.) Well, Troi (who, as pointed out, is actually doing her job) brings everyone to the holodeck and tries to recreate the disturbing thoughts into something more concrete. After some statements, they come up with what appears to be chair for a deranged dentist or barber :) Well, in cargo hold 4, there's an energy disruption beginning to take over the ship to the point of destroying the beloved Enterprise. After some very intelligent guessing, the conclusion is that some crew members are being teleported to a different subspace dimension and being operated on (a real comforting thought for those who are in need of sleep soon) and the disruption is related somehow. Well, I won't ruin the ending, but I can say this, I wish there had been some follow up on the subject in a later episode. Overall, an eerie but somewhat enjoyable episode (sort of a Halloween night frightner to watch at home).
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