For several days Commander Riker is suffering from inexplicable exhaustion, along with amnesia and paranoia, as if he didn't get enough sleep. Some more crew members are plagued by similar symptoms, including Worf and Geordi. In the holodeck Deanna reconstructs what seems to be a common memory of all victims: an alien lab of some kind.
Beverly's examination shows that Riker's arm was severed and reattached by someone. In addition, Data's memory of ninety minutes is missing, and there are strange readings of subspace energy in a cargo bay. The crew members were abducted to an unknown place, possibly somewhere in subspace. One of them dies after his return because his blood was turned into a polymer.
Armed with a stimulant and a homing beacon, Riker volunteers to track where the missing people are being taken. He is abducted into subspace once more and wakes up in a lab with solanogen-based creatures. They are trying to keep the rupture open that Geordi wants to seal in order to prevent further damage to the ship. While the lifeforms are distracted, Riker grabs the last missing crewmate and dashes back as the rupture closes.
Errors and Explanations
The Nitpicker's Guide
Next Generation Trekkers
- Dr. Crusher prescribing Picard's Aunt Adel's hot toddy to help Riker sleep. She doesn't want anyone becoming dependent on medication.
- Keith Alan Morgan (Kmorgan) on Sunday, May 12, 2002 - 4:23 am: Geordi says, "I've been in this room before.", and Riker adds, "We've all been in this room before." Well, of course they've been in this room before, they're standing in the Holodeck! They are actually referring to the room that they are recreating.
- John A. Lang on Wednesday, December 04, 2002 - 9:42 pm: The mission of the Enterprise is to discover new life forms & new civilizations....yet no formal contact was made with the aliens....not even an attempt! LUIGI NOVI on Thursday, December 05, 2002 - 8:31 am: John, the aliens were kidnapping, experimenting on, and in some cases killing the crew. Discovering a way to keep them from continuing to do so was the top priority. Where exactly do you think they should've tried to make "formal" contact? They had no way to communicate with them between the two dimensions, and when Riker managed to stay awake when there, the most important thing was to get him and Ensign Rager out of there. John A. Lang on Thursday, December 05, 2002 - 8:18 pm: You're correct. My oversight. I was kinda hoping however that Riker would ask "Who are you and why are you doing this?" and have taken along a Universal Translator to try & get some feeback from the aliens. I HATE not knowing that stuff!