Why would you let a teenager, even a super genius one, mess with your warp drive?
That is just the first of many difficult to imagine/accept bits of this episode. I know that you have to suspend disbelief when you watch anything, but I really had to work at this one.
The premise is interesting. What if you lost everyone bit by bit, not just through aging but through an unexplained phenomenon? What if you were the only one who remembered? I didn’t have any trouble believing that someone or something was removing people from the Enterprise and wiping all memory of them. Weirder things have happened. What I had trouble with was the fact that it took Crusher almost the whole episode to figure it out.
I can also accept that she might create her own reality in the warp bubble and even that the clues she got and the questions she was being asked were her subconscious trying to help her. But a ship’s computer that seems to work? Why in her reality would people forget the existence of others? How could anyone forget Worf? I and the audience shouldn’t have to work that hard or forgive that many inconsistencies to make the plot work. Finally, I don’t mind that Wesley is a prodigy but moving him up to the level of the ‘Traveller’ was a bit much for me.
What I did like about this episode was that it was centred on Dr. Crusher. She didn’t lose her cool or her confidence in herself. She did question her sanity with Troi but the answer Troi gave (or Crusher’s subconscious) was excellent. She was doing the best she could in the situation whether people believed her or not. I also enjoyed Dr. Crusher’s descriptions of the crew and her commitment to remember them. She obviously cares deeply about at least the main characters.
I wish they had done more with Dr. Quaice and the idea of cherishing people in the present. Beverly mentions that he might be dead and doesn’t even flinch. It seemed unusual considering how close she was to him.
Interesting that Jean Luc was the last to disappear - even after Wesley - is that because in Beverly’s mind he is integral to the existence of the ship?
Data has lots of reasons for empty rooms on the Enterprise. It made me wonder why they do have all those people. Without Dr. Quaice, there are 1013 crew on the Enterprise.
Why didn’t they try to get a message to Beverly? Or be super brave and dive into the warp bubble?
Dr. Quaice: “You know what the worst part of growing old is? So many of the people you’ve known in your life are gone and you realize you didn’t take the time to appreciate them while you still could .”
Crusher: “I just examined myself and being the only doctor on board I had to do it myself.” (The best part of this quote is her exasperation).
Picard: “Your word has always been good enough for me.”
Picard: “Whom did you say?” (That’s right people, ‘whom’)
Crusher: “Worf, Chief of Security. The big guy who never smiles. The Klingon!”
Crusher: “I won’t forget. I won’t forget any of you.”
Traveller: “As long as she thinks she is alive, she is alive.”
Riker: ‘What the hell does that mean?” (Exactly)
Crusher: “They all have been the living, breathing heart of this crew for over three years. They deserve more than to be shrugged off, brushed aside, just pinched out of existence like that.”
All in all not my favourite episode but at least it was centred on a female character. Two out of four collapsing warp bubbles.
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