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
The Enterprise retrieves data left eight years ago by Federation scientists evacuating from Nirvala 4. Commander William T. Riker, who was one of them, is part of an away team using a rare window in the planet's distortion field to transport them there, hoping to retrieve the database. HOwever, they find the facilities in a bad state, and one survivor, which cannibalized it to survive. Genetically identical to Riker, this survivor was created by the 'old-fashioned' transporter when the safety double of his genetic pattern was reflected by the distortion field. So now there is an 'aged' version of Riker as we know him (red uniform), and one who was left to himself as Lieutenant Thomas Riker (yellow uniform), who is still fairly inexperienced. Both Rikers return together.- Written by KGF Vissers
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