I watched this episode last night. I didn’t realize it at the time, but it bore a remarkable resemblance to a Start Trek : Next Generation episode:
I don’t remember all of the details of the Star Trek episode, but the crucial similarities were:
Dr. Crusher somehow gets sucked into another dimension / alternate universe, etc. People on the Enterprise start disappearing on her, and the people that still remained had no memory of the disappeared. It gets so bad that the ship is almost empty, just her and 1 other (Riker maybe? I’m not sure). Then EVERYONE is gone. She’s trying to figure out what’s happening and asks the computer a series of questions, one of them being “What is the size of the universe?”, to which the computer answers “The universe is a sphere 768 meters in diameter” (or something like that). This helps her deduce that she’s in an alternate reality. She finds the “rift” and jumps through it back to the “real” Enterprise, just as that fake reality completely collapses.
Now, the Eureka episode:
People start disappearing on Jack, and the people remaining have no memory of the disappeared people. Just like Dr. Crusher, everyone looks at him like he’s crazy when he says people are disappearing. It gets down to almost everyone being gone. Jack asks his house, “What’s the population of Eureka” and the house answers “the population of Eureka is two” (Jack and Zoe). This helps Jack determine that he’s not in the “real” reality, but in the ATS therapy device’s reality. In order to get out, he has to enter a “rift”, and this enables him to break out of the ATS reality.
Is it just me, or does this story seem like a rip-off of the ST:TNG episode?