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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 ... See full summary »

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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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Nichelle Nichols (Uhura from TOS) visited the production when Dr. Mae Jemison (Palmer) was filming her scenes. See more »

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Data has a long discussion with Worf about why someone may be upset about having a duplicate of themselves around. Data, by this time, has experienced that with is identical brother Lore and has had his own opinions on how uneasy it is before. See more »

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Commander William T. Riker: You know, I've been thinking we should probably let Dad know what happened.
Lt. Thomas Riker: I'm sure he'd be thrilled to know there're two of us now.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Defiant (1994) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Am I My Brother's Keeper?
2 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is a really far out episode. Many years prior to the current events on the Enterprise, during a transporter malfunction, a carbon copy of Will Riker has been abandoned on the planet, trying to keep himself alive, dealing with a dying ship. What is weird is that an away team, during a narrow window (once every eight years) finds themselves aboard the ship, hoping to download the computer banks, meets this the new Riker. What is even more interesting is that our familiar Will is on the away team. The new Will (or really old one) is perfectly whole in every way. He is not a clone or a partial person. Hence, he is beamed aboard and the two of them must coexist. There is enough tension, but a previous love affair with Deanna Troi becomes another complicating factor. She has moved on while he has carried his love for her all this time. All this is really entertaining and leads to a really interest denouement. Well worth the time.


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