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While the Autodestruct counts down, Troi and Data go to Picard's quarters and talk to him about death, telling him "You shouldn't be doing this. It is wrong of you [to decide for the rest of the crew], Jean-luc." Picard remarks that neither of them should be acting this way, and gets the computer to confirm that Data is actually on the bridge, whereupon they both vanish. To which Picard says, "Nice try, Nagilum."

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While the Autodestruct counts down, Troi and Data go to Picard's quarters and talk to him about death, telling him "You shouldn't be doing this. It is wrong of you [to decide for the rest of the crew], Jean-luc.Jean-Luc." Picard remarks that neither of them should be acting this way, and gets the computer to confirm that Data is actually on the bridge, whereupon they both vanish. To which Picard says, "Nice try, Nagilum."

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* NonSequiturEnvironment: While Riker and Worf are exploring the fake ''Yamato'', they step from a hallway directly onto the ship's bridge, which should actually be several decks above them. When they try to go back, the door they came through now opens to another bridge.


* CessationOfExistence: {{Discussed}} by Picard when Data [[spoiler:(actually Nagilum)]] asks him what happens when you die. Picard rejects both this view and {{Heaven}}, stating he thinks the afterlife is beyond our comprehension.

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* CessationOfExistence: {{Discussed}} by Picard when Data [[spoiler:(actually Nagilum)]] (actually Nagilum) asks him what happens when you die. Picard rejects both this view and {{Heaven}}, stating he thinks the afterlife is beyond our comprehension.

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* CessationOfExistence: {{Discussed}} by Picard when Data [[spoiler:(actually Nagilum)]] asks him what happens when you die. Picard rejects both this view and {{Heaven}}, stating he thinks the afterlife is beyond our comprehension.


While this is going on, Picard notices a small opening in the blackness, where they can see stars and normal space. But with Riker and Worf on the ''Yamato'', and unable to establish a transporter lock, they cannot head for it without leaving Riker and Worf behind. They finally get Riker and Worf back just as the ''Yamato'' starts fading into nothingness. When they make for the opening, it closes. They try again, without success, and finally clue into the fact that they're being toyed with and experimented upon, like rats in a maze. They're then confronted by an alien being that calls himself "Nagilum". He is curious about humanoids and the fact that they die, and wishes to conduct experiments on how they react to it. He kills the redshirted pilot on the spot. He becomes curious about Dr. Pulaski next, saying that she's different from the other (male) bridge crew members (although Troi is on the bridge as well, and Worf is also obviously different), and when it is explained that she is female and having both male and female is how they propagate the species, Nagilum requests a demonstration but is told no. He then says that he'll need to study "all kinds" of death, and the experiments he wants to conduct should only take about a third of the ''Enterprise'''s crew. Picard decides to set the ship to Autodestruct to thwart Nagilum's plans.

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While this is going on, Picard notices a small opening in the blackness, where they can see stars and normal space. But with Riker and Worf on the ''Yamato'', and unable to establish a transporter lock, they cannot head for it without leaving Riker and Worf behind. They finally get Riker and Worf back just as the ''Yamato'' starts fading into nothingness. When they make for the opening, it closes. They try again, without success, and finally clue into the fact that they're being toyed with and experimented upon, like rats in a maze. They're then confronted by an alien being that calls himself "Nagilum". He is curious about humanoids and the fact that they die, and wishes to conduct experiments on how they react to it. He kills the redshirted pilot on the spot. He becomes curious about Dr. Pulaski next, saying that she's different from the other (male) bridge crew members (although Troi is on the bridge as well, and Worf is also obviously different), and when it is explained that she is female and having both male and female is how they propagate the species, Nagilum requests a demonstration but is told no. He then says that he'll need to study "all kinds" of death, death (starting with the RedShirt sitting in Wesley's chair), and the experiments he wants to conduct should only take about a third of the ''Enterprise'''s crew. Picard decides to set the ship to Autodestruct to thwart Nagilum's plans.

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* UnnaturallyLoopingLocation: Trying to exit TheBridge on the faux ''Yamato'' leads Riker and Worf back to the bridge.


* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitue: As the quote under the above image indicates, Nagilum has many qualities in common with Q.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitue: SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: As the quote under the above image indicates, Nagilum has many qualities in common with Q.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitue: As the quote under the above image indicates, Nagilum has many qualities in common with Q.

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* HereThereBeDragons: While the Enterprise explores an unexplained spatial anomaly, Picard and Riker comment on the superstitions of ancient sailors on Earth during or before the Dark Ages. Picard mentions that "Beyond this place, there be dragons."

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* FaceDeathWithDignity: Picard prepares for the end by listening to "Gymnopédie No. 1" by Erik Satie.

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* ContemplateOurNavels: Picard talking to (illusion) Data about what happens to people when they die.


* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Wesley inexplicably leaves his station early in the episode and is replaced by Ensign Haskell, a black RedShirt. Guess who's the first person Nagilum kills. Downplayed ''slightly'' in that Haskell is one of two black guys on the bridge at the time, but given that the other is Geordi, who has PlotArmor, the result is inevitable.

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* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Wesley inexplicably leaves his station early in the episode and is replaced by Ensign Haskell, a black RedShirt. Guess who's the first person Nagilum kills. Downplayed ''slightly'' in that Haskell is one of two black guys on the bridge at the time, but given that the other is Geordi, who is a main character and thus has PlotArmor, the result is inevitable.


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* OutOfCharacterAlert: Picard already finds the questions that Nagilum's illusory versions of Troi and Data ask him to be a little suspicious, but what confirms them to be imposters is them both referring to him as "Jean-Luc", something that Troi probably wouldn't do, and Data ''definitely'' wouldn't do.


* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Wesley inexplicably leaves his station early in the episode and is replaced by Ensign Haskell, a black RedShirt. Guess who's the first person Nagilum kills.

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* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Wesley inexplicably leaves his station early in the episode and is replaced by Ensign Haskell, a black RedShirt. Guess who's the first person Nagilum kills. Downplayed ''slightly'' in that Haskell is one of two black guys on the bridge at the time, but given that the other is Geordi, who has PlotArmor, the result is inevitable.


* CaptainObvious: Riker, when he is beamed into a hallway on the ''Yamato'' instead of on the bridge: "This isn't the bridge."

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* CaptainObvious: Riker, when he is beamed into a hallway on the ''Yamato'' instead of on the bridge: "This isn't the bridge."" Although given the situation, it's not an inane observation, since the phantom ship seems to obey AlienGeometries.

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* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Nagilum adopts a mostly human face to communicate with the crew of the Enterprise, which ends up looking like some sort of fish-human hybrid.

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