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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21 March 1992 (USA)  »

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This is the third episode in which we see a Galaxy-class starship destroyed, namely, the Enterprise-D. See more »


Crusher and Riker play a lengthy poker hand the first time through the loop, before Geordi goes to Sick Bay. In the other loops, the time spent at the poker table is noticeably shorter but Geordi always comes to Sick Bay right after it ends. See more »


[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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References 1941 (1979) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Frakes helms one of the most intense ST:TNG episodes ever!
15 April 2006 | by (Camilla, GA) – See all my reviews

Jonathan Frakes (better known as First Officer Ryker) directed this time-travel installment that features no less than four spectacular destructions of the Enterprise. Trapped in a time loop, Jean-Luc and crew must discover a means to prevent a devastating collision between the Enterprise and another starship. Each time the mishap occurs the crew is flung back in time to a period prior to the calamity. Data discovers, through small "clues," what is happening and must make right the situations that leads to the catastrophe.

The episode features a last minute cameo by Kelsey Grammar as the captain of the other doomed ship.

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