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

Future Imperfect (10 Nov. 1990)

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Episode cast overview:
Ensign Wesley Crusher (credit only)
Chris Demetral ...
Todd Merrill ...


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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The song Riker plays on his trombone is called Misty. 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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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: 11001001 (1988) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Beware Romulans . . .
22 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

ST:TNG:82 - "Future Imperfect" (Stardate: 44286.5) - this is the 8th episode of the 4th season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

In this Riker episode, when he leads an away team to investigate a suspected Romulan base near the Neuteral Zone, he and the others are overcome by a poisonous gas. When he wakes up, he finds out it is 16 years later with no memory of those years! 16 years into the future, he is now Captain of the Enterprise, with Picard now an Ambassador. Geordi now has no visor, Troi is no longer counselor of the Enterprise and now wears a blue commander uniform (which foreshadows her wearing it in the latter seasons), peace is about to be made with the Romulans (through Ambassador Tomalak - played again by the late Andreas Katsulas) and there is a Ferengi at the Enterprise helm! However, things are not what they seem to be as Riker finds out slowly but surely.

Trivia note: Patti Yasutake makes her first of many appearances as Nurse Alyssa Ogawa. We see Riker play the trombone (not too perfectly) at his birthday party. And Carolyn McCormick returns as Minuet.

Also, it's interesting to note that 12 years after this episode (which takes place in our 1990), the Enterprise helped a Romulan vessel in its distress, which paved the way for the peace talks now. The same thing happened in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) when the Enterprise and the Romulans worked together to stop Shinzon - exactly 12 years since this 1990 episode!

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