Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 5, Episode 9

A Matter of Time (16 Nov. 1991)

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Reaching Panthera IV after an asteroid wreaks havoc of catastrophic proportions, the Enterprise crew deals with trying to save the planet as well as deal with someone who claims to be a historian from the future.

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The Enterprise sets out to help the colonized planet Penthara IV, where an asteroid impacts with an apocalyptic effect, first scorching then lasting clouding comparable to nuclear winter. On the route to it, an unknown vessel appears after a temporal distortion and beams aboard history professor Berlingoff Rasmussen from earth three centuries later (the 26th), who is obsessed by Picard, who accepts the whole crew to be questioned, despite the possibilities of fraud or altering reality. Once at Penthara 4, Geordie down there and Data aboard devise a method to create a greenhouse-effect, at the risk of making it far worse, so Picard wrestles with using Rasmussen's hindsight, but his own history proves significantly problematic... Written by KGF Vissers

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Robin Williams, a long time Star Trek (1966) fan, had to opt out of the role of Prof. Rasmussen to play Peter Pan in Steven Spielberg's Hook (1991). See more »

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At the very beginning, Geordi says that they are already seeing "climactic" changes. Climactic changes are changes relating to a climax or tension point. What he means is that the planet is experiencing "climatic" changes, which are changes related to climate. See more »

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Rasmussen: Um, your... prosthesis. What do you... what do you call it again?
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: A VISOR.
Rasmussen: VISOR, right, a VISOR! You know, I have a picture of you wearing that in my office. How do you like it?
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: It allows me to see. I like it just fine.
Rasmussen: You know, Homer was blind. And Milton. Bach. Monet. Wonder...
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Datalore (1988) See more »

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Third Brandenburg Concerto
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Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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A Step Backward, or Is It Forward?
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Matt Frewer (nee, Max Headroom) is one of the most annoying presences on film that I have ever seen. He has starred as Sherlock Holmes in a series of poorly made episodes, and here appears as a time traveler. He is a hyperactive man, Rasmussen, who supposedly has returned from a future time to authenticate history. He arrives in a unique spacecraft and the crew immediately believes his story. He butters up Picard and runs around the ship, getting in the way. Troi is the only one who has no time for him and believes he is a phony baloney. While he travels through various areas of the ship, we see him stealing small but significant objects and pocketing them. While he does his thing, Picard and his crew are working with a planet that his dropped into an ice age due to an atmospheric blackout They must come up with a way to create a greenhouse effect. Otherwise, everything will die off. There are a series of risky moves that must be made, and at one point, Picard enlists the help of Rasmussen, who refuses him help. This has a satisfying conclusion, but it is bothersome that the crew was so quick to accept this man.


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