Recap: Star Trek The Next Generation S 7 E 15 Thine Own Self
Itís the middle of the night, and Doctor Crusher has the bridge as Counselor Troi returns from a leave of absence, since Data is off on a mission to retrieve some radioactive material accidentally lost on a primitive planet called Barkon IV. Troi asks Crusher why she went to the trouble of earning the rank of commander, when she didnít need it to become Chief Medical Officer. Crusher answers that she did it to expand her horizons a little. Their conversation is interrupted by the on duty tactical officer, who informs them that Data hasnít replied to their messages. Crusher isnít concerned, attributing it to radioactive interference. Unbeknownst to her, though, Data has crashed on Barkon IV and lost his memory.Data wanders aimlessly into the nearest settlement and encounters a man named Garvin. He explains to Garvin that he doesnít remember who he is or what happened to him before he came to the village. Garvin sees him carrying a case, which is marked "Radioactive", but neither of them knows what it is or what the label means. Oblivious to the danger, and thinking there might be clues inside, Garvin opens the case and removes its contents. Back on the Enterprise, Troi walks in on Riker while heís doing some boning (by which I mean practicing his trombone, of course) and talks with him about the possibility of her taking the Bridge Officersí Exam, recounting the events of the episode "Disaster" in which she was briefly in command of the ship. To recap, the incident sheís talking about went like this:
- Chief O'Brien: Technically, Troiís in command now.
Everyone else, including Troi: Oh Crap!!
- An Ice Person: Talur assumes Data is an 'iceman' to explain his skin colour.
- Bilingual Dialogue: A variation that's Played for Laughs in one scene—Riker "talks" to Troi using his trombone, and she jokes that it's less confusing than how he usually speaks.
- Call Back: Troi refers back to the events of "Disaster" when she decides it's time for some Character Development.
- The Determinator: Troi taking the final test, as Riker predicts.
- Elements of Nature: The Barkonians' natural philosophy believes there are four elements, like the Greek conception, but slightly different: their four elements are rock, water, sky and fire.
- Face Death with Dignity: The holographic Geordi promptly goes on his suicide mission without a word when Troi figures out the twist to the test.
- Jerk Ass: Skoran, the blacksmith. He tries to cheat Garvin out of the price he agreed to pay for the metal Data was carrying and when Data advises him Garvin is correct in their dispute, immediately dismisses him.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Data forgets his name, identity and what 'radioactive' means, yet seems to retain plenty of other scientific information.
- Rabble Rouser: Skoran, the blacksmith, begins to accuse Data of bringing the sickness with him, which he actually did, and at the end he brings a mob to confront him, ending when he runs Data through with a metal pike. Fortunately Data was able to dump a cure into the village's water supply first.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: Skoran was right that Data caused the village to be sick, though not because Data was supposedly an iceman, but because Data unwittingly let Garvin get a radioactive sample.
- Secret Test of Character: After several attempts, Troi manages to pass the last command exam when she realizes it's not a test of her technical knowledge, but whether she is willing to order a fellow crewman to his death should all else fail.
- Torches and Pitchforks: Skoran eventually leads a mob to destroy Data.
- Unwinnable Training Simulation: Troi's command exam is a variation; rather than the literally unwinnable Kobayashi Maru previously seen in Star Trek, it is possible to succeed, but not without ordering one of her crew to their death.