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Old August 19 2008, 05:37 AM   #1
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Frame Of Mind

I'm watching "Frame Of Mind" on Sci-Fi as I type, and I am curious about people's thoughts on the episode. Frakes does a pretty good job here I think, maybe borderline overacting sometimes, but still enjoyable. What's with Crusher though? She's all up on Riker like she wants him! Any other thoughts here?
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Old August 19 2008, 05:45 AM   #2
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One of Brannon Braga's best efforts and defintely my favorite Riker episode. I agree, Frakes does a great job. I'm always reminded of a weird Twilight Zone episode when I watch this. I love the stark and gloomy cinematography as well as the unconventional narrative. Frakes always running around with this worn out look and the sanatorium garb makes for an eerie imagery. That episode is an underrated gem in my book.



I don't see the Crusher thing you're alluding to though.
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Old August 19 2008, 06:03 AM   #3
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Well, how are you supposed to act borderline going insane. Frakes did a hell of a job and made this episode one of my favorites of the series. Loved every minute of it.
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Old August 19 2008, 06:05 AM   #4
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This is one of the few good TNG episodes. By the time they got to seasons 6 and 7 they started to finally have decent episodes. I actually started to look forward to them when these season's were on the air.

Looking back on this episode after getting my BA in Pscyhology is very interesting and fascinating. I actually used a similar concept in a story I wrote while still in college.
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Old August 19 2008, 06:11 AM   #5
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I always found this to be a disturbing episode to watch, but I guess that was the point, so kudos to tptb for accomplishing what they set out to do. I will also give them credit for being original. I can't off-hand think of another episode of Trek up to that point that is similar.
DS9 may have some similarities with the "Benny Russell" episodes, but, of course, Frame of Mind came first.
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Old August 19 2008, 06:15 AM   #6
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I can't off-hand think of another episode of Trek up to that point that is similar.
DS9 may have some similarities with the "Benny Russell" episodes, but, of course, Frame of Mind came first.
DS9's Hard Time has some similarities with Frame of Mind, too.
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Old August 19 2008, 06:16 AM   #7
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I love this episode!!!. It's my second favorite Riker episode behind Best of Both Worlds. I enjoy it because they do a good job of making it disturbing, but not so much that it became depressing. It was different from all other TNG episodes in that respect.
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Old August 19 2008, 07:32 AM   #8
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What's with Crusher though? She's all up on Riker like she wants him! Any other thoughts here?
She does. Well, that's a flippant comment but I know what you mean. She is all over him in this episode - the "how do you feel" scene in his bathroom being just one example. I sometimes think that she's just a director encouraging her actor, then I think of fandom subtext and think there's far more to it than that!
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Old August 19 2008, 01:49 PM   #9
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I remember that, as a kid, I could never understand the episode. There were too many changes in reality for an eight year old to follow. When I finally saw the episode 12ish years later, I remember enjoying it much more.

I think Crusher is just desperate to get a good actor, since people seem to shrug her off when she does theater.
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Old August 19 2008, 02:05 PM   #10
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Frame of Mind is one of my favorite episodes. I think Frakes did a great job with a very demanding role.
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Old August 19 2008, 02:52 PM   #11
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Ah, back when the "Written by Brannon Braga" credit meant we were in for a good episode. This is one of the few instances where TNG actually took some risks told a different kind of story, and it's fantastic.

The one thing that might have made it better would be to have the camera not linger on other people when Riker leaves the room, since the whole story basically takes place in his head, but that might have given it all away.
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Old August 23 2008, 01:32 PM   #12
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Hated this episode.

Especially that bit where the screen shatters.
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Old August 23 2008, 03:11 PM   #13
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This episode is a lot of fun. I loved all the increasingly bizarre places TNG went through s7.
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Old August 23 2008, 04:23 PM   #14
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This is one of the few good TNG episodes. By the time they got to seasons 6 and 7 they started to finally have decent episodes. I actually started to look forward to them when these season's were on the air.

Looking back on this episode after getting my BA in Pscyhology is very interesting and fascinating. I actually used a similar concept in a story I wrote while still in college.
what the hecks your fram eof mind Well I can't agree with you on Tng. I thought it was a great show and had great episodes , the better ones being Seasons 2-7, Season 1 kind of lacked but you will have that in a new show.
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Old August 23 2008, 06:28 PM   #15
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"I might be surrounded by insanity, but I'm not insane!"

That was a truely great line and I loved how Frakes delievered it and oddly enough the TV version with commericials seem to work better since you're left wondering in the break whether not what you just saw was real or not.
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