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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22 May 1993 (USA)  »

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Mae Jemison (Palmer) has the unique distinction of being the first "real" astronaut to ever appear on Star Trek. She was followed by E. Michael Fincke and Terry Virts, who appeared in Star Trek: Enterprise. See more »

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After the bridging collapses and Lt. Riker is pulled up and crawls over Cmdr. Riker, a long shot shows that the stunt double's legs and feet haven't gotten completely out of the shot before Lt. Riker stands up. See more »

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Counselor Deanna Troi: [reading Ltd. Riker's notes] It pulses unendingly all through the night. Seek out the crystal that powers our flight. - What the future holds, no one can know. But forward we look, and forward we go.
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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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Since they BOTH have beards, it's hard to know which one is evil!
30 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Riker and others land on a place where Will had landed eight years earlier. There, they meet ANOTHER Will Riker--identical in every single way. It turns out that the transporter created another Riker and abandoned him on the planet all that time! The big difference is that their experiences and memories from the last eight years are different--otherwise they both are Riker! And, the newly discovered Riker REALLY wants to pick up where he left off with Deanna Troi.

This is a very odd episode, as Riker I seems VERY defensive and competitive towards his newly discovered self. This didn't make a lot of sense--one of the downsides of this otherwise decent episode.


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