Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 5, Episode 18

Cause and Effect (21 Mar. 1992)

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The Enterprise gets caught in a time loop which always has one result: total destruction of the ship, itself.

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Unbeknownst to the crew, the Enterprise is caught in a time loop where they are continually reliving the same day. The Enterprise approaches a temporal distortion from which another Federation vessel is emerging. The evasive action action they take - using the tractor beam to push the oncoming vessel away from them - is unsuccessful and the Enterprise is destroyed, at which point the time loop brings them back to the beginning and they relive the sequence all over again. Several members of the crew however begin to have a serious case of deja vu and become convinced that they are reliving the same day, over and over. Data has an idea that might get them out of it. Written by garykmcd

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To prevent the episode from getting boring, whenever they had to do scenes over again, Jonathan Frakes would re-shoot them from different angles and perspectives, to give it a fresh twist on the same story. See more »

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There would be no reason to call Dr. Crusher in to treat Geordi's vertigo. Dr. Crasher was off duty at the time. Any one of her staff could have done the job. See more »

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[first lines]
Commander William T. Riker: Damage report!
Doctor Beverly Crusher: Casualty reports coming in from all over the ship!
Lt. Commander Data: The starboard nacelle has sustained a direct impact. We are venting drive plasma.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Initiating emergency core shutdown!
Ensign Ro Laren: Inertial dampers failing. We're losing attitude control.
Commander William T. Riker: This is the bridge. All hands to emergency escape pods!
Lt. Commander Data: Core shutdown was unsuccessful. We are losing antimatter containment.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: We've got to eject the core!
Lt. Commander Data: Ejection systems offline. Core breach is imminent.
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I remember when this episode first aired... It was spooky, surreal, and suspenseful. Usually in Star Trek episodes you can spot the "solution" beforehand, or else a character reveals a plan that you know will work, although you assume that it will be a close call. Not so here. Because of the time warp, you know that somehow things will turn out okay, but you really don't know how, and the anxiety level ratchets up each time the crew fails to avert disaster. The show honestly leaves you hanging until the end. This was "Groundhog Day" in the year BEFORE Groundhog Day. (Connection????) The acting is amazing because even though the same scene is repeated several times, the viewer remains rapt in attention. Underrated, sublime episode.


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