3 comments on “Identity Crisis

  1. TNG tends more towards responsible archaeology than adventuring into ruins; I suppose that’s a consequence of plots focusing more on border politics than on exploring unknown frontiers.

    While watching, I put the life form in the same mental box as Earth parasites which need different hosts for different parts of their life cycle (), but in retrospect that’s not a great fit. A civilization in hiding is more interesting, though it begs the question why attract attention by abducting visitors? Could be meant for spies, or unseen servitors.

    A Paranoia!-style communications officer makes a lot of sense for away teams.

    I think the episode has pretty solid rewatchability. Maybe it’s built less as mystery/suspense and more as psychodrama.

    • That’s true. TNG is less “Science!” than “Hm. Yes. Diplomacy.”

      Drawing folks to their planet would make survival hard, but the transformed creatures weren’t protecting a civilization or gene pool. it seems like the affected civilization would either cure it or sterilize/quarantine the planet. I think the time delay is the key. If a non-human infected species was able to spread the infection during the years prior to the onset of symptoms, it’d be a hell of a revenge weapon.

      Maybe you’re on to something with the servitors of a hidden civilization.

      Maybe it’s a monkeytrap, something designed to do more harm the more its studied. Or even a ‘firing range’ or biological weapons.

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