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Frame of Mind 

Riker begins to question reality when he finds himself in an alien insane asylum and faces the prospect his life on the Enterprise has been a delusion.


James L. Conway


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Brannon Braga | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
David Selburg David Selburg ... Dr. Syrus
Andrew Prine ... Administrator Suna
Gary Werntz Gary Werntz ... Attendant Mavek
Susanna Thompson ... Inmate Jaya
Allan Dean Moore Allan Dean Moore ... Wounded Crewmember


Riker is gravely affected by a local's death on a covert mission on Tilonus IV, where civil strife has created total mayhem and endangers Federation colonists. From then on, he has a frustrating series of conflicting sensations, unable to tell whether his mind is running wild aboard the Enterprise getting into a crazy character in a play, or undergoing reflection therapy, a voluntary alternative to irreparable surgical synaptic reconstruction, in a Tilonian mental ward. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

1 May 1993 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


David Selburg (Dr. Syrus) also played the historian Whalen in the first season episode Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Big Goodbye (1988). See more »


Data uses a contraction in the first scene on three different occasions - something he normally doesn't do. However, he is reading lines from a play. It's not part of his normal speech pattern, just him "mimicking" another character, which is something he has done before. See more »


Lt. Commander DataDr. Syrus: [respectively] I can see we have a lot of work to do.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Beyond the lighted stage
3 August 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

This reminds of of a piece of trivia for the movie "Manhunter". That William Petersen had to shave his head after production wrapped just to shed and completely distance himself from his character; life imitating art, given that Will Graham had to do pretty much the same in the film.

Will Riker's put in a similar position, tasked with the lead role in Beverly's play, but finding his character bleeding into reality. And Frakes bears it well, ably wearing the exhaustion and panic of a man who can't tell which way is up. It's a highly effective episode, full of turns, skilled misdirection and an actor who's up to the task.


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