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Old January 5 2014, 01:58 AM   #29
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Re: I thought that episode was original, until...

There are a number of broad concepts that Trek uses more than once and across shows such as split personality, a crew member invisible/dimensional shifted so the others can't seem him/her, time travel, hallucination or dream episodes, computers/virus vs. the crew, etc.

Other genre shows use these broad concepts often as well, but I don't think anyone ever claims that they are original ideas. They have become a staple of such programs. At some point your space crew or main characters in a scifi/fantasy show are going to come across one of these stories.
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