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'''Original air date:''' November 28, 1988

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* AsYouKnow: When the Yamato appears on the view screen, Riker helpfully announces, "It's a Federation ship... NCC one three zero five dash E. It's the Yamato, our sister ship." At just a glance, itís obviously a Galaxy-class Federation ship, and there's only one of those besides the one everyone's sitting in.

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** Chief O'Brien is referred to as a Lieutenant, and wears the rank pips to match. His apparent rank is in flux throughout his early appearances; his name isn't even given in this episode, but once his character is established he holds the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer, a senior non-commissioned rank, not a rank that one can get either promoted or demoted to from Lieutenant, a commissioned rank.


* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Kirk and crew encountered a similar void in space 97 years earlier, despite the fact that Data claims such an area had never been encountered before. This probably has to do with Creator/GeneRoddenberry's attitude that the only things he really considered in canon at this point were the movies (like the lack of familiarity with Kirk and usage of the movie-era ''Enterprise'' image in "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E2TheNakedNow The Naked Now]]").

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Kirk and crew encountered a similar void in space 97 years earlier, despite the fact that Data claims such an area had never been encountered before. This probably has to do with Creator/GeneRoddenberry's attitude that the only things he really considered in canon at this point were the movies (like the lack of familiarity with Kirk and usage of the movie-era ''Enterprise'' image in "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E2TheNakedNow The Naked Now]]").Now]]").
** The registry number of the ''Yamato'' is given as NCC-1305-E, as the episode was written before it was firmly established that -- [[Series/StarTrekDiscovery during this timeframe at least]] -- only starships called ''Enterprise'' were given the honor of using the NCC-(number)-(letter) format, due to the legendary reputation of the NCC-1701. When the ''Yamato'' reappeared later in the season, its registry was instead given as NCC-71807, which is considered its canonical number.


* ChekhovsGunman: Later in season 2, the USS ''Yamato'' would show up for real in "Contagion" and drive the plot of that episode.


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* EarlyBirdCameo: Later in season 2, the USS ''Yamato'' would show up for real in "Contagion" and drive the plot of that episode.

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* ChekhovsGunman: Later in season 2, the USS ''Yamato'' would show up for real in "Contagion" and drive the plot of that episode.


Once the away team is back onboard, Picard orders the ship to make for a small opening in the blackness that suddenly opens up, but once they start heading toward it, it closes. This happens several more times before Picard decides that he's had enough of being toyed with and orders a full stop. Other crewmembers, including Dr. Polaski, agree that they're being experimented on. Troi also begins to detect an intelligence that was previously beyond her understanding.

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Once the away team is back onboard, Picard orders the ship to make for a small opening in the blackness that suddenly opens up, but once they start heading toward it, it closes. This happens several more times before Picard decides that he's had enough of being toyed with and orders a full stop. Other crewmembers, including Dr. Polaski, Pulaski, agree that they're being experimented on. Troi also begins to detect an intelligence that was previously beyond her understanding.


The ''Enterprise'' is underway. Captain Picard is worried about Worf and Riker, who seem to be stranded in a mysterious jungle. The pair are attacked by monstrous humanoids and fight back. After defeating their foes, Worf gets caught up in battle fever and nearly turns on Riker, who sharply stands him down. It turns out that they're in the holodeck, doing what Worf describes as rather light "calisthenics."

The ''Enterprise'' encounters a patch of space that is completely black, with no stars visible. After it swallows two probes without a trace, Worf is reminded of an old Klingon legend about a space monster that devours ships. Suddenly the ''Enterprise'' is engulfed in the blackness. When they try to leave, they discover that they simply loop back around to where they started. Then a Romulan Warbird appears and fires upon them, but is immediately felled with one photon torpedo, leaving no debris. Things get weirder when the ''Enterprise'''s sister ship, USS ''Yamato'' arrives with no life signs aboard. Riker and Worf beam abort to find that ntohing in the ghost ship is where it's supposed to be. As reality seems to loop in on itself, Worf starts to become unhinged, but the ''Enterprise'' beams them back aboard before anything can get worse.

Once the away team is back on board, Picard orders the ship to make for a small opening in the blackness that suddenly opens up, but once they start heading toward it, it closed. This happens several more times before Picard decides that he's had enough of being toyed with and orders a full stop. Other crewmembers, including Dr. Polaski, agree that they're being experimented on. Troi also begins to detect an intelligence that was beyond her previous understanding.

Suddenly they're confronted by an entity calling itself "Nagilum." It studies to bridge crew, inquires about sexual procreation, and comments on the fact that humanoids die. It kills the redshirted pilot on the spot to observe the concept. It decides to conduct a test on "all kinds" of a third and assures Picard that the test will not eliminate more than a half of the ''Enterprise'''s crew. Picard decides to set the ship to Autodestruct to thwart Nagilum's plans.

While the Autodestruct counts down, Troi and Data go to Picard's quarters. Troi tells Picard that she has sensed that Nagilum will not be dissuaded from his intentins by the autodestruct. Data asks Picard to define death, and Picard explains several common theories as well as his own thoughts. The pair then join together to request that Picard cancel the self destruct, saying that it is unfair for him to make the choice to die for them. Picard realizes 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. Picard says, "Nice try, Nagilum."

Nagilum finally acquiesces and backs out on its desire to conduct its experiments. Picard cancels the autodestruct, and Nagilum remarks that humans and its species are too different to associate. Picard says, "We do have one thing in common. Curiosity." Nagilum says, "The point is well taken, Captain!" and chuckles. The episode ends with Picard saying, "We will meet again, but next time, it will be out here, among the stars."

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The ''Enterprise'' is underway. Captain Picard is worried about Worf and Riker, who seem to be stranded in a mysterious jungle. The pair are attacked by monstrous humanoids and must fight back. After defeating their foes, Worf gets caught up in battle fever and nearly turns on Riker, who sharply stands him down. It turns out that they're in the holodeck, doing what Worf describes as rather light "calisthenics."

The ''Enterprise'' encounters a patch of space that is completely black, with no stars visible. After it swallows two probes without a trace, Worf is reminded of an old Klingon legend about a space monster that devours ships. Suddenly the ''Enterprise'' is engulfed in the blackness. When they try to leave, they discover that they simply loop back around to where they started. Then a Romulan Warbird appears and fires upon them, them but is immediately felled with one photon torpedo, leaving no debris. Things get weirder when the ''Enterprise'''s sister ship, USS ''Yamato'' ''Yamato'', arrives with no life signs aboard. Riker and Worf beam abort aboard to find that ntohing nothing in the ghost ship is where it's supposed to be. As reality seems to loop in on itself, Worf starts to become unhinged, but the ''Enterprise'' beams them back aboard before anything can get worse.

Once the away team is back on board, onboard, Picard orders the ship to make for a small opening in the blackness that suddenly opens up, but once they start heading toward it, it closed.closes. This happens several more times before Picard decides that he's had enough of being toyed with and orders a full stop. Other crewmembers, including Dr. Polaski, agree that they're being experimented on. Troi also begins to detect an intelligence that was previously beyond her previous understanding.

Suddenly they're confronted by an entity calling itself "Nagilum." It studies to the bridge crew, inquires about sexual procreation, and comments on the fact that humanoids die. It kills the redshirted pilot on the spot to observe the concept. It decides to Then it announces that it will conduct a test on "all kinds" of a third and assures Picard that the test will not eliminate more than a death on up to half of the ''Enterprise'''s crew. Picard decides to set the ship to Autodestruct autodestruct to thwart Nagilum's plans.

While the Autodestruct autodestruct counts down, Troi and Data go to Picard's quarters. Troi tells Picard that she has sensed that Nagilum will not be dissuaded from his intentins intentions by the autodestruct.autodestruct, but Picard is unmoved. Data asks Picard to define death, and Picard explains several common theories as well as his own thoughts. The pair Troi and Data then join together to request that Picard cancel the self destruct, saying that it is unfair for him to make the choice to die for them. Picard realizes that neither of them should be acting this way, way and gets the computer to confirm that Data is actually on the bridge, whereupon they both vanish. Picard says, "Nice try, Nagilum."

Nagilum finally acquiesces and backs out on its desire to conduct its experiments. Picard cancels the autodestruct, and Nagilum remarks that humans and its species are too different to associate. Picard says, "We do have one thing in common. Curiosity.common: curiosity." Nagilum says, "The point is well taken, Captain!" and chuckles. The episode ends with Picard saying, "We will meet again, but next time, it will be out here, among the stars."


Nagilum finally acquiesces and backs out on its desire to conduct its experiments. Picard cancels the autodestruct, and Nagilum remarks that humans and its species are too different to associate. Picard says, "We do have one thing in common. Curiosity." Nagilum says, "The point is well taken, Captain!" and chuckles. The episode ends with Picard saying, "We will meet again, but next time, it will be out there, among the stars."

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Nagilum finally acquiesces and backs out on its desire to conduct its experiments. Picard cancels the autodestruct, and Nagilum remarks that humans and its species are too different to associate. Picard says, "We do have one thing in common. Curiosity." Nagilum says, "The point is well taken, Captain!" and chuckles. The episode ends with Picard saying, "We will meet again, but next time, it will be out there, here, among the stars."

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* KnuckleCracking: The skull-faced holodeck monster cracks its neck intimidatingly before attacking Worf.


* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Worf is more bestial in the early episodes, no so more than in this episode, where he practically turns into a rampaging baboon after a single fistfight. Later episodes would establish that Worf is a highly disciplined officer who keeps a tight lid on his Klingon urges.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Worf is more bestial in the early episodes, no so none more so than in this episode, where he practically turns into a rampaging baboon after a single fistfight. Later episodes would establish that Worf is a highly disciplined officer who keeps a tight lid on his Klingon urges.

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* ObviousStuntDouble: Riker's fight with the holodeck monster includes a brief shot of his stunt double with his face in full view of the camera. The trope is easier to spot in high resolution than it would have been on a small, standard-def TV in 1989.


* BatmanColdOpen: The episode opens with Riker and Worf doing some combat training in the holodeck, which does not directly link to the plot of the rest of the episode, though does establish an uneasy relationship between Riker and Worf over the latter's excitability.



* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Worf is more bestial in the early episodes, no so more than in this episode, where he practically turns into a rampaging baboon after a single fistfight. Later episodes would establish that Worf is a highly disciplined officer who keeps a tight lid on his Klingon urges.



* {{Flanderization}}: Worf suffers badly from it in this episode, acting more like "an easily confused baboon" as WebSite/SFDebris put it.
* 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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* {{Flanderization}}: Worf suffers badly from it in this episode, acting more like "an easily confused baboon" as WebSite/SFDebris put it.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Nagilum adopts a mostly human face to communicate with the crew is proud of the Enterprise, which ends up looking fact that it's taken a form that "looks just like" the Federation crew. It actually looks like some sort a floating face of fish-human hybrid.a fish-baby.


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* ItIsDehumanizing: Dr. Pulaski refers to Data as "it," then catches herself and apologizes, saying that she's not used to working with nonliving crew members, then catches herself again and admits that the Federation has classified Data as a life form.


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* RageQuit: Picard's reaction to Nagilum threatening to kill up to half his crew is to set the self-destruct on his ship, potentially killing everyone. In the end, Data and Wesley wonder if it was a bluff.
* {{Redshirt}}: It sure was lucky that Wesley wasn't sitting at his usual station when Nagilum decided to kill the crew member stationed there.


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* TheWorfEffect: Worf suffers an example in a scene that is supposed to establish him as a badass. The first holodeck monster beats him up, establishing the monsters as dangerous and forcing Riker to come to his rescue. Worf ends up defeating a second monster, though he has more difficulty with his than Riker does.

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