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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The causality loop is said to have been caused by the explosion in close proximity to the temporal distortion. This would not explain why the USS Bozeman has been caught in such a loop for decades. 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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Gripping Time Loop Episode
3 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those shows that grabs you from the beginning and carries you through to the very end. It starts with the Enterprise doing some exploring in a new sector and ends with a collision with another starship. Before this happens there is a poker game, an appearance by Jordi in sick bay with an ear infection, Beverly in her quarters hearing voices and feeling like she's been there before, and coming face to face with a huge cosmic storm, out of which comes the other starship. Everything ends with Picard screaming, "Abandon ship!" Now everything goes back to the opening with the ship on its exploratory mission and everything happens again. Eventually, the poker players begin to feel like they know things, including the cards that will be dealt. Crusher knows she will be called to sick bay but can't explain why. She also knows ahead of time that Jordi will be there. Picard is reading a book, but believes he has read the first few chapters before. Crusher, at one point, records the voices and Data is able to hear Picard's screams to abandon ship. They must plot a strategy because they are sure they are in a time loop. But how do you warn the crew in the next recurrence of the events what it was that destroyed the Enterprise. This is superb science fiction.


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