Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1, Episode 25

The Neutral Zone (14 May 1988)

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"Days of Yesteryear" would have been a more proper title, as Data finds an ancient space capsule from Earth, with three people who have been frozen for over 400 years. Meanwhile, Starfleet ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Lieutenant Tasha Yar (credit only)
Wesley Crusher (credit only)
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Ralph Offenhouse


"Days of Yesteryear" would have been a more proper title, as 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 face seen on the view screen of Thomas Raymond is that of associate producer Peter Lauritson. See more »


If the cryogenic station was a 20th Century orbiter, there is no way it could have gotten into deep space. Also, none of the lights would still be working, considering they had been on for 3 centuries. In the outside shots of the station, the "solar panels" can be seen to be clearly damaged/broken. Hence it would unlikely that they would still be operating after 3 centuries. See more »


L. Q. 'Sonny' Clemonds: [to Data] Duty calls, hey, I understand. Why don't you come back later on an' you and me'll find us a couple o' low-mileage pit woofies and help 'em build a memory?
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Leftist View of Big Business! Get a Life.
2 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree that this is low octane episode. Three people are beamed back to the Enterprise after being "frozen" based on the premise that if a cure is found, they can be revived. Over three hundred years later they are. The people are a young homemaker, a cutthroat businessman (according to one reviewer a leftist who makes capitalists look bad), and a good natured ne'er do well guitar-playing drunk who enjoys the heck out of his new digs. These people become real nuisances, getting in the way, and not understanding the gravity of things. Meanwhile, a serious confrontation with the Romulans is about to take place. This is serious, but certainly isn't shown that way. The confrontation and the three passenger theme are underdeveloped, but it certainly isn't worth a one rating. Quit letting your prejudices speak for you. These are reviews.

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