Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4, Episode 8

Future Imperfect (10 Nov. 1990)

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Riker has to quit his birthday party during a so far uneventful patrol voyage at the Neutral Zone to head an away team when a Romulan secret base is found on a planet which was believed ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
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Riker has to quit his birthday party during a so far uneventful patrol voyage at the Neutral Zone to head an away team when a Romulan secret base is found on a planet which was believed uninhabited. He awakes 16 years later, as widowed captain of the Enterprise, just cured after 9 years of viral amnesia, with a son Jean-Luc. Even Picard, now an admiral who came to conduct with Riker, given his forgotten dealing with them, historical peace negotiations with the Romulans, loses all authority over him when he finally finds his late wife's image on the strangely slow-responsive computer... Written by KGF Vissers

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Pips apparently have disappeared 16 years in the future, and changed to bars on the communicator. Captain Riker has 4 bars representing captain, 3 bars representing a commander. See more »


When Riker and Ethan are hiding, Ethan shows off his plans of the base, which are on transparent plastic. In a close-up shot, however, the plans have changed into onionskin paper. See more »


"Ambassador" Jean-Luc Picard: Captain - perhaps it would be best if we discussed this...
Commander William T. Riker: Shut up!
"Ambassador" Jean-Luc Picard: I beg your pardon?
Commander William T. Riker: I said 'shut up'. As in 'close your mouth and stop talking'!
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Rascals (1992) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Rip Van Riker
22 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those episodes that keeps us engaged all the way along. I have to say that I am bothered by how it ends (but I won't spoil that). This is a case of parry and thrust throughout. Riker is on a planet where suspected Romulan shenanigans are going on. The away team is overcome by heavy methane gas and pass out. When Riker wakes up, he is on board the Enterprise, but the crew (except for Data) have grown older. He, himself, has wrinkled skin and a bit of gray in his hair. Beverly looks older. He is told that he has been leading a life on board the ship, but has had a recurrence of a fever. He has lost sixteen years of his life. He can only remember that which happened before they went to that planet. It turns out he has a son and had a wife who died. The Romulans have become allies with the Federation and are kindly and outgoing. Something is wrong. There is a touching scene where he meets his son and tries to bond with him. Unfortunately, nothing brings back a single memory. Fascinating effort.

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