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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 awakens 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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10 November 1990 (USA)  »

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The turbo-lift scene with Riker and young Jean-Luc was added because the show was running short and was written only the night before it was to be shot. See more »


When Riker first wakes from his coma, Crusher first wears a badge with four rank pins, then no badge, then suddenly a badge appears on her uniform. See more »


Commander William T. Riker: 'Min'... Minuet!
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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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A bit like "36 Hours"?!
18 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Altarian Encephalitis--16 year gap

Riker is on an away team mission when they're beaming back to the ship. The beam-out appears to be going badly. Suddenly, Riker finds himself in the sick bay...and when he looks in the glass, he sees gray in his hair. He's now 16 years older...with no recollection of the last 16 years. Most of the crew looks familiar but older. There are also a few changes--such as a Ferengi bridge officer and Picard is an Admiral on a Romulan ship!! Obviously things have changed a lot...or, perhaps someone is just jerking with Riker for some ulterior motive. What's next?

As I watched this show, I kept thinking of the wonderful James Garner film "36 Hours". In it, Nazis capture and allied soldier and try to convince him that the war is over...in order to trick him into betraying secrets. It's all very complex and very exciting...as is this "Star Trek: The Next Generation" episode. So what is REALLY happening in this case? Watch it yourself--it's well made and very interesting.

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