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Where Silence Has Lease

S02E02     4.5

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Jack B. Sowards Writer

 Directed by

Winrich Kolbe


Earl Boen
  Nagilum (voice)
Charles Douglass
Colm Meaney
  Transporter Chief


Jack B. Sowards
Winrich Kolbe
Edward R. Brown
  Director of Photography
Dan Koko
  Stunt Double
William Hoy
Steve Kelso
Matt McColm
  Stunt Double


- The music that plays in the background while Picard is in his quarters near the end is Erik Satie's "Gymnopedie #1".


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The most elementary and valuable statement in science, the beginning of wisdom, is 'I do not know.'
— Data



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Space entity

By kimmy on April 21, 2018

Season 2: changes behind the camera, changes before the camera. After many TOS writers left during season 1 because they couldn't get along with Roddenberry, it is Roddenberry that begins to be much less involved in season 2; Maurice Hurley essentially becomes the showrunner, inserting more character development in the episodes. Dr. Crusher is replaced by Dr. Pulaski (producer conflict over McFadden's acting, it seems), quite unceremoniously. A writers' strike will also impact the organisation of producing the series in the first half of the season, and there will be "only" 22 instead of 26 episodes.

In this episode: Star Trek encounters a big blob in space which is a sentient entity that plays games with them: it's very pulp scifi-ish and the pitch sounds like the reason why many people don't watch Star Trek. The interesting part is the entity's curiosity about humans and the concept of death -- which triggers a similar curiosity in Data. This gives the opportunity for Picard to talk about his view of metaphysics and his definition of a soul; unexpectedly he is not a pure materialist, despite the mostly purely god-less worldview of the Star Trek universe.

Directed by Winrich Kolbe, who among many things directed several "Millennium" season 1 episodes, including hte landmark "Lamentation"!

The quote:
Data "Captain, the most elementary and valuable statement in science, the beginning of wisdom, is 'I do not know.'"


By Jack Anderson  on June 7, 2020

I found this episode quite interesting. An alien life form is judging the human species and this makes for some enjoyable drama.

I give it 5 out of 10. Good.


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