Data finds an ancient space capsule from Earth, with three people who have been frozen for over 400 years. Meanwhile, Starfleet sends the Enterprise to the edge of the Romulan Neutral Zone,... See full summary »



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Lieutenant Tasha Yar (credit only)
Wesley Crusher (credit only)
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Ralph Offenhouse


Data finds an ancient space capsule from Earth, with three people who have been frozen for over 400 years. Meanwhile, Starfleet sends the Enterprise to the edge of the Romulan Neutral Zone, where their starbases and personnel have disappeared after decades without contact between the Federation and the Romulans. Meanwhile, Dr. Crusher revives the three survivors who died of incurable diseases and were placed in cryonic freeze after their deaths in the hopes that cures might be found in the future. Upon their first encounter, Captain Picard also learns from the Romulans that their starbases and personnel have also disappeared. Written by Moviedude1

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The Hungarian dubbed version of this show (in the 1990s) changed Sonny's line about TV and baseball to "Is Dallas (1978) still on the air? I bet they're doing at least the 1000th episode," as local viewers weren't familiar enough with American baseball teams. See more »


When Data is trying to see into the frozen cryogenic chamber, it appears he uses the heat of body temperature to remove the frost to see the contents, which would not be possible unless the internal temperatures regulated by the thermal control system referred to in "Birthright" extend to his extremities. See more »


Doctor Beverly Crusher: [about the 20th-century Humans] They were frozen. I thawed them.
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A strong indication of the Roddenberry ideal...naive as it sounds.
11 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

According to IMDb, because of the writers strike, the end of the episode and some subsequent episodes were re-written. Originally, this final episode of season one was supposed to introduce the Borg. Now, they are just alluded to as some force that is wiping out Federation AND Romulan bases along the Neutral Zone. And, because much of the original episode was excised, they substituted a 'funny plot' involving three late 20th century people who were in suspended animation and were awakened by the Enterprise.

So is the new melange any good? Well, yes. Having Q introduce the Borg later worked well. As for the funny subplot about suspended animation, it's only partially successful. This is because towards the very end, the audience is assaulted with a HUGE dose of Roddenberry and his Star Trek philosophy. The Captain goes off on a harangue about how in the the 25th century, there is no want, no greed, no worries about property and everyone is 100% equal. As a lifelong pessimist, this sort of preaching actually made me laugh a bit--and DID come off as very heavy-handed. It didn't ruin the episode but it sure did take you out of the moment.

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