A group of Ullians, humanoids with the ability to probe into the minds of others and recover memories, comes aboard the Enterprise. Soon, crew members begin to have terrible visions and fall into comas. La Forge and Data must determine if the Ullians are indeed the cause behind it all.
Tropes featured in "Violations" include:
- Abusive Parents: Not a classical case of abusiveness, but Jev's father Tarmin finds amusement in publicly humiliating his son by deriding his telepathic abilities while boasting about his own. It's implied that revenge for this is the reason Jev turned to Mind Rape and attempts to frame his father for it.
- Ambiguous Situation: Many reviewers have expressed discomfort at Troi's attack, not simply because of the rape, but because it's not clear at what point the memory gets hijacked by Jev. Did Riker force himself on Troi in reality, or was that just Jev taking control? We viewers are pretty sure that William Riker wouldn't do something like that, but...
- Big "NO!": Troi screams this as she's being invaded by Jev.
- Will talks to Deanna while she's in a coma and mentions she did that once for him when he was in pretty bad shape, most likely referring to Season Two's Clip Show "Shades of Gray."
- After the dinner when Jev walks out, Troi comforts him and explains that she knows what it's like to have a rather overbearing parent, referring to Lwaxana Troi who has appeared in several episodes.
- Cassandra Truth: Worf, of all people, suggests that the Ullians might be to blame, which Picard rejects. Downplayed as Doctor Crusher provides evidence immediately to back up his theory.
- Continuity Nod: Crusher's memory has Picard in the old spandex one-piece uniforms from seasons 1 and 2.
- Dramatic Irony: The audience knows almost from the start that it's Jev who appeared in Troi's (and the others') Mind Rape scenario, but Troi can't remember the original incident, so when Jev "recovers" an edited memory showing Tarmin as the guilty party, she believes it to be accurate.
- Flat Character: There isn't much to Jev aside from his penchant for Mind Rape and it's never explained why he does it.
- Mind Rape: Called that outright. Especially for Troi, whose memory actually involves sex.
- Patrick Stewart Speech: Picard gives one at the end, reassuring the Ullians that the violence in their species can be overcome. However, this example feels a bit more awkward than most, seeing as three of Jev's victims are still in the room with him.
- Power Perversion Potential: Played horribly straight. The Ullians' mental abilities enable them to force people to relive traumatic memories, and even manipulate them to a degree. Ullians consider doing this to be a very serious crime that merits a severe punishment.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: "Klingons do not allow themselves to be probed."
- Pstandard Psychic Pstance: The Ullians are notable in their use of this, as it is not especially common in Star Trek. Deanna typically only grabs her head when she is being hit with painful emotions or thoughts, and Betazoids generally seem to read minds without giving any outward sign that they are doing so other than perhaps getting a slightly distant look on their faces. Vulcans usually touch other people's heads, but that is because they are mostly limited to Touch Telepathy.
- Red Herring: After Tarmin finishes demonstrating the memory retrieval process with Keiko at the beginning, he asks for other volunteers, and begins cajoling Dr. Crusher into it, when Jev warns him against using his telepathy to influence people without their permission. Tarmin says that when it comes to pretty women, he sometimes can't help himself—but he's just being an awkward old man, not a creepy mind rapist. That'd be Jev.
- Ship Tease: Troi's memory involves her and Riker sharing a romantic interlude after a poker game.