Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Season 4, Episode 5
Original Air Date: October 22, 1990
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Wesley's warp bubble experiment goes horribly wrong. His mother, Dr. Beverly Crusher, ends up in an alternate reality. What's more, her universe is shrinking and all the people she knows are gradually disappearing. Worst of all, she's the only one who seems to notice.
The idea for the story is fantastic, reminiscent of a line from Hamlet: "Oh God, I could be bounded in a nutshell and call myself the king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams." I love the idea of a shrinking universe with inhabitants who have no concept that it was once larger. It's not half bad as a Beverly episode either. But there's a weakness in the narrative: you guessed it, too much Wesley.
Wesley created the problem so Wesley must solve it. He gets help from an old friend, The Traveler (Eric Menyuk), who somehow sensed that Wesley needed him. The devoted will remember that The Traveler was the one who, back in Season 1's "Where No One Has Gone Before," elevated Wes from mere wunderkind to Chosen One. Interesting as the Traveler is in and of himself, his presence stretches the tolerability of the Wesley character concept. Again, young Mr. Crusher's tour is almost over so tying up the loose ends is meaningful. But for me, this wrinkle ruins an otherwise promising story. In development, the Traveler was a late add-on for the episode and it shows.
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Eric Menyuk was born November 5, 1959 in Brookline, Massachusetts. He graduated from Vassar in 1981. He was considered for the role of Data before it was given to Brent Spiner.
If anything, Menyuk's bio gets more interesting after his retirement from acting in 1998. He went to law school (Loyola Marymount). Motivated by a son with special needs, his area of specialty is children's education rights. As he points out in his professional bio, he is one of few lawyers with his own action figure.