Episode 128: "Where Silence Has Lease" 

While en route to the Morgana Quadrant, the U.S.S. Enterprise is engulfed by a mysterious "hole" having no dimensions and void of all energy and matter.
Captain Picard is perplexed by this mysterious oddity which cannot be measured or defined in human terms, and the crew is caught in a trap which, by their standards, does not even exist.

Unable to escape from the powerful hole, Riker and Worf decide to investigate an abandoned starship also marooned in the trap. On board the ship, the officers are confounded by a series of inexplicable incidents, but return safely to the Enterprise.

The crew is then confronted by a giant human eye which peers in at them through the main view screen. The being, calling Itself Nagilum, explains that he is using the Enterprise in an experiment to study human life specifically, the many ways in which humans die. Wishing to observe death in all of its forms, Nagilum plans to use one-third to one-half of the crew as human guinea pigs.

Unwilling to stand by and watch his crew being slaughtered, Picard makes one of the most difficult decisions of his career. With Riker's support, Picard initiates the auto-destruct system of the ship within 20 minutes, the Enterprise and her crew will be destroyed.

But as the sands of time slip away, Troi, Data and Geordi plead with Picard to reverse his decision, pointing out the futility of killing everyone on board just to spite Nagilum. While Picard wonders whether Nagilum is bluffing, the Enterprise is suddenly freed from the black hole and the captain is able to revoke the auto-destruct command with only two seconds to spare. Nagilum tells Picard that he observed enough watching the crew prepare to die to help him understand human nature, and Picard points out that they share one characteristic: curiosity.

Production: 128
Season: 2 Episode: 2
Air Date: 11.28.1988
Stardate: 42193.6
Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes as William Riker
Brent Spiner as Data
LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn as Worf
Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi
Diana Muldaur as Katherine Pulaski
Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher
Earl Boen as Nagilum
Colm Meaney as Transporter Chief
Charles Douglass as Haskell
Nagilum was originally supposed to have been played by Richard Mulligan. That's how the character's name was developed.

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

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STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION

"Where Silence Has Lease"
#40272-128

Written by
Jack B. Sowards

Directed by
Winrich Kolbe

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REVISED FINAL DRAFT

SEPTEMBER 27, 1988

STAR TREK: "Where Silence... " - 9/27/88 - CAST

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION
"Where Silence Has Lease"
CAST

PICARD                                         NAGILUM
RIKER                                                         .
DATA                                      Non-Speaking
PULASKI                 TWO ALIEN WARRIORS
TROI                                                          .
GEORDI                                                     .
WORF                                                       .
WESLEY                                                   .
TRANSPORTER CHIEF                               .
HASKELL

Voice-Over
COMPUTER VOICE
 

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