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Old January 22 2013, 11:59 AM   #1
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What was TNG's very best 'Mindscrew Episode'?

TNG had a good line in what I like to call 'Mindscrew Episodes'. You know the sort of thing, the ones where there's all sorts of weird goings-on and the viewer at home gets thrown lots of curve balls along the way. Literally screwing with the viewers expecations. Whatever our opinions about his later work, I have to give Brannon Braga his due: he was very good at writing these kinds of stories.

Contenders might include things like "Where Silence Has Lease", "Cause And Effect", "Parallels", "Schisms", "Realm Of Fear", "Genesis", "Violations", "The Game", "Remember Me", "Frame Of Mind". And no doubt many more than I can't think of off the top of my head. You get the idea of the sort of episode I mean, though.

Which of them would you say is your favorite 'Mindscrew Episode'?

For my money, "Frame Of Mind" is the king of them. An excellent performance from Jonathan Frakes is icing on the cake for a story where we, along with Riker, begin to honestly believe that Number One has gone insane. Still gives me chills every time I rewatch it.
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Old January 22 2013, 01:29 PM   #2
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Re: What was TNG's very best 'Mindscrew Episode'?

Frame of Mind is probably going to be your winner. I guess you could include "Dark Page" to that list. It seems to be a lesser referenced episode but I though it was executed very well while letting L'waxana finally endear herself to the audience. I still get choked up when she has to relive the Kestra drowning. It was a very powerful scene and a wonderful performance by Majel.
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Old January 22 2013, 03:02 PM   #3
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Re: What was TNG's very best 'Mindscrew Episode'?

Night Terrors from season four.
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Old January 22 2013, 06:26 PM   #4
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Re: What was TNG's very best 'Mindscrew Episode'?

Cause & Effect is one of my top five episodes (and I think I only have five. If that).
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Old January 23 2013, 06:09 AM   #5
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Re: What was TNG's very best 'Mindscrew Episode'?

Definitely Frame of Mind
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Old January 23 2013, 06:28 AM   #6
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Re: What was TNG's very best 'Mindscrew Episode'?

Frame of Mind here too. I have a liking for those kinds of stories, was disappointed DS9 didn't do more of them, and appreciated the ones on VOY.

Probably due to seeing Patrick McGoohan's The Prisoner when it first aired in U.S.
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Old January 23 2013, 07:19 AM   #7
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Re: What was TNG's very best 'Mindscrew Episode'?

I was going to say Frame of Mind, but Ship in a Bottle also did that job well.
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Old January 23 2013, 12:38 PM   #8
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Frame of Mind is my favorite!! Awesome episode!
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Old January 23 2013, 06:46 PM   #9
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I love 'em all. It's hard to choose....

Probably The Game.
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Old January 23 2013, 07:41 PM   #10
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Re: What was TNG's very best 'Mindscrew Episode'?

lurok wrote: View Post
Cause & Effect is one of my top five episodes (and I think I only have five. If that).
Mine as well It is funny that other star ship was caught in the same loop for over 70 years!
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Old January 23 2013, 08:38 PM   #11
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another vote for "frame of mind"-very creepy, dark episode for TNG. Not just a good "mind-screw" episode, but one of the best Riker-centric episodes as well.
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Old January 23 2013, 09:18 PM   #12
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Frame of Mind definitely, but Schisms does creep me out.
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Old January 23 2013, 11:27 PM   #13
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Re: What was TNG's very best 'Mindscrew Episode'?

The scene in I Borg where Picard seems to revert to Locutus. That was a "put down the beer and sit up straight" moment.
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Old January 24 2013, 12:58 AM   #14
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I'd say Future Imperfect is another episode that fits the bill, I really enjoyed that episode too. Frame of Mind would be my top pick though. In my top 5 TNG episodes.
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Old January 24 2013, 02:21 AM   #15
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Re: What was TNG's very best 'Mindscrew Episode'?

Face of The Enemy had me off balance for nearly the whole episode, right from the beginning. It was straight out of left field & I just had no idea how that would play out

Clues deserves some mention in this thread too
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