Stardate 45494.2: Investigating a possible indication of intelligent life in a distant area, the Enterprise is scanned by an unknown spacecraft. The crew’s memories of who they are and everyone else around them, as well as specific computer files containing the crew records, are erased, although everyone still remembers their Starfleet skills, although others react differently without any knowledge of who they once were or what they did: Worf assumes command of the ship, while Riker and Ensign Ro are attracted to one another in a way neither would normally admit. Geordi eventually recovers the computer’s crew manifest containing names, ranks and duties, identifying Commander Kieran MacDuff – who mysteriously appeared as soon as the crew’s memories were damaged – as first officer. The computer finally divulges the basics of the Enterprise’s current mission: to seek out and destroy the main base of the Lysian Alliance, with whom, according to the records, the Federation has been at war for many years. Although some members of the crew begin to question their orders as well as the unusualy selective damage done to their memories and the computer, Commander MacDuff insists that the ship press on the attack.
teleplay by Barry M. Schkolnick
story by Paul Schiffer
directed by Les Landau
music by Dennis McCarthy
Guest Cast: Erich Anderson (Commander MacDuff), Michelle Forbes (Ensign Ro), Liz Vassey (Kristin), Erick Weiss (Crewman), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)
LogBook entry by Earl Green