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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Referring to the title, causality denotes a necessary relationship between one event (called cause) and another event (called effect) which is the direct consequence (result) of the first. See more »

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Space appears to be shaking when the Enterprise is out of control. This, however, seems to be a common effect whenever explosions occur, in order to simulate the shock wave. See more »

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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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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Life Serial (2001) See more »

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One of the best Trek episodes; wonderful!
30 June 2009 | by (Scotland, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Cause and Effect not only successfully manages to balance excitement, action and logic - it also manages to uphold this while repeating the same incident over and over.

The opening will have you hooked as the Enterprise suffers in the hands of a time loop, forced to replay the same event, with the crew failing to remember past events of the previous cycle.

While the episode does have questionable flaws, one cannot deny the technical mastery employed here. This is everything a Star Trek fan wants in one episode!

*head explodes*

Cause and Effect not only successfully manages to balance excitement, action and logic - it also manages to uphold this while repeating the same incident over and over...?


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