Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 6, Episode 24

Second Chances (22 May 1993)

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A distortion field surrounds a planet, giving one chance every eight years to visit the surface. Riker once had a mission there and their equipment was deserted in an effort to flee from the planet before the distortion returned. Having returned to the planet, he runs into another version of himself...marooned there eight years previous. Written by Moviedude1

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It's not known what post Lt Riker held aboard the Potemkin. Script materials suggested it may have been as operations officer in an unused storyline. See more »


The first time Lieutenant Palmer beams the two Rikers back down to the station, a quick camera shot of her control console shows it to be completely blank and dark, even though she is punching buttons (which beep) and verbally confirming the coordinates, etc. she is supposedly reading on the panel. See more »


Lt. Commander Data: I have found that humans value their uniqueness - that sense that they are different from everyone else. The existence of a double would preclude that feeling. Could that be the source of the friction?
Lieutenant Worf: Or perhaps it is more a matter of seeing something in your double, something you do not like in yourself.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Defiant (1994) See more »


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Thomas Riker.
30 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

ST:TNG:150 - "Second Chances" (Stardate: 46915.2) - this is the 24th episode of the 6th season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

8 years ago, a Lt. Riker evacuated with other crew onto his previous ship, the U.S.S. Potemkin from the surface of the planet Nervala IV. Now they are back to retrieve what the Potemkin left behind - including unexpectedly another Riker! It turns out that a second Riker was created by the planet's distortion field when Riker transported off the surface. Now, this new Riker (which he names himself Thomas, Riker's middle name) must pick up where he left off and it isn't easy - especially for his former love, his "Imzadi" Troi.

Another intriguing 6th season episode, with great performances by Jonathan Frakes as the twin Rikers and Marina Sirtis as Troi.

Trivia note: Dr. Mae Jemison makes a cameo appearance as Lt. Palmer (she was the first African-American woman to travel to space, having gone into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on Sept. 12, 1992). Also, Riker plays his beloved trombone again (and he can't get through the solo of the song "Nightbird" which he's saved from playing at the very last moment!). Further, we see the crew poker game again.

AND, Riker tells "himself" about how he reconciled with "their" father (which Riker did during the 2nd season episode "The Icarus Factor").

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