Synopsis: The Enterprise meets Worf’s black space monster.
Memory Alpha Summary: And by monster I mean his anger.
Review: I love this episode, and it’s my favorite to this point in the series. I don’t think most people share this view, but there’s just so much about it I think is magnificent. The entire episode is littered with creepy but subtle music that really enhances the mood. There are also some great sound effects when the probes disappear and when they drop the beacon. There’s great imagery with the multiple bridges on the Yamato. Emotions run high among the crew, but in a fairly realistic fashion, considering how they all do feel like rats in a laboratory experiment.
It’s very convenient that Wesley is nowhere to be seen when Nagilum decides to kill the officer at the conn. Ah, well. I also question how Troi is able to empathically sense Nagilum, when he is obviously so far advanced that he is almost god-like. But at least she’s helpful.
My favorite part is when Picard makes the decision to destroy the ship (and I agree with him; it’s the only option, even if he wasn’t bluffing). Data asks him what death means and Picard gives a very eloquent speech that sums up my views exactly. Then, of course, comes one of the best quotes in the entire seven year run.
Picard: Abort, auto-destruct sequence.
Computer: Riker, William T., do you concur?
Riker: Yes! Absolutely! I do indeed concur! Whole-heartedly!
Of course, Riker shouldn’t have to concur for such an order, but it’s still fantastic.