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
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Rasmussen's utterance of "Data, at Penthara IV!" during act two is very reminiscent of an earlier season 5 episode, "Darmok", utilizing a similar syntax structure as the Tamarian. See more
Rasmussen claims that he is from the late 26th century and has traveled nearly 300 years back in time to meet the Enterprise. That would have taken him to the late 23rd century. The adventures of Picard & Co. however are set in the second half of the 24th century (around 2368), which is, at best, a little over 200 years before Rasmussen's alleged origin. See more
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References Star Trek: Space Seed
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more