Councilor Troi: Perpetually Possessed?

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  1. Dr. Crusher

    Dr. Crusher Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    I watched a few episodes of TNG that I hadn't seen in a long time recently, and it occurred to me that Councilor Troi is often compromised, or literally possessed, by alien beings. You can even make the argument that this extends to her being flooded with negative emotions in "Man of the People."

    Has anyone else noticed this phenomenon? Was this ever explained in the series as "because she is part-Betazoid," or were we left to make that educated guess?

    And, more importantly, in TNG did the crew generally fall under the influence of these kinds of alien phenomena too often?--there are obviously several episodes where SOMEONE ends up compromised like that.
     
  2. Whoa Nellie

    Whoa Nellie Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    :lol: You're not the only one to notice that. A few years back I had Picard make a joke in one of my fanfic stories about Deanna and Data both having a particular proclivity toward possession (for lack of a better term).

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  3. erastus25

    erastus25 Commodore Commodore

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    Bonus points for the episode(s) that they were both possessed!

    At least Troi never had an evil twin...
     
  4. Whoa Nellie

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    Season 5 "Power Play"
     
  5. sonak

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    Yeah, I was thinking that this actually applies more to Data than Troi. Often, Data was arguably a menace to the crew and a risk to keep on the ship, because he was prone to possession AND manipulation through programming("brothers," "descent")

    But it makes sense for Troi as an empath. She does better possessed in "power play" than as the scary-voiced Paxan in "clues."
     
  6. Anji

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    Troi may be more suseptable to entity possessions than other members of the crew because she is empathic in nature which makes her psyche open to invasion.

    However, I just think it was the way the cards fell...the writers needed a fall guy for those kinds of stories and poor Marina got it.
     
  7. KNH

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    Well, a sarcastic person could say she just has a lot of vacant room to fill in her head.

    *beams self far, far away from TroiFan4ever*
     
  8. Dr. Crusher

    Dr. Crusher Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    :guffaw:
     
  9. The Dominion

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    This.
     
  10. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    Geordi was compromised a couple (big) times as well.
     
  11. Dr. Crusher

    Dr. Crusher Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    I think there was more to it when it was Geordi. For example, it was much more interesting for him to be brainwashed by the Romulans. Or implanted with weird alien DNA. It is arguably less interesting when an odd, energy-based life form takes over the same character over and over.
     
  12. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    ^ Or wired for video by Soran & the Duras sisters.

    But someone mentioned Data, and he was "possessed" through technological means, so I thought Geordi was an apt comparison.
     
  13. Flying Spaghetti Monster

    Flying Spaghetti Monster Vice Admiral Admiral

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    On a separate note, Does Troi even like being on the Enterprise or even exploring space? I always got the feeling that she never really appreciated anything out there. remember her reaction to seeing a wormhole in 'The Price.'
     
  14. Flying Spaghetti Monster

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    On a separate note, Does Troi even like being on the Enterprise or even exploring space? I always got the feeling that she never really appreciated anything out there. remember her reaction to seeing a wormhole in 'The Price.'
     
  15. WillsBabe

    WillsBabe Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Maybe Troi's more interested in the people she meets and works with than science and phenomena.
     
  16. Neutral Zone

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    she was queen of possess, hell she even managed to get pregnant, now that taking it to the limit.