The Enterprise is conducting a security sweep in an area near the Neutral Zone when they are probed by what Captain Picard thinks may be a secret Romulan base. Commander Riker, who has just had a birthday, leads an away team composed of Geordi and Lt. Worf when they are overcome by methane gas. He awakens in Dr. Crusher's sick bay to be told that he is now Captain of the Enterprise - and his last memory of being on the methane gas planet occurred 16 years ago. Dr. Crusher tells him he's been in a coma for 10 days as a result of an attack of encephalitis which has also caused his memory loss. He has several surprises in store not the least of which is that he is a widower and has a son. He's also supposed to be negotiating a major treaty with the Romulans. There are anomalies however and nothing is as it appears. Written by
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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
[a virus has robbed Riker of the last 16 years of his memory
To lose 16 years is almost beyond belief.
References 36 Hours
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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