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

The Neutral Zone (14 May 1988)

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"Days of Yesteryear" would be a more appropriate title, as Data finds an old ship in space that's been there for years, with 3 people who've been frozen for over 400 years. Meanwhile, ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Lieutenant Tasha Yar (credit only)
Wesley Crusher (credit only)
Anthony James ...
Gracie Harrison ...
Ralph Offenhouse


"Days of Yesteryear" would be a more appropriate title, as Data finds an old ship in space that's been there for years, with 3 people who've been frozen for over 400 years. Meanwhile, Starfleet sends the Enterprise to the edge of the Romulan neutral zone, where star bases and their personnel have disappeared after decades of no contact between the Federation and the Romulans. Written by Moviedude1

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14 May 1988 (USA)  »

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The role of Ralph Offenhouse was originally supposed to have been written for Harcourt Fenton Mudd, and the episode would have been more comedic in nature. However, Roger C. Carmel died before production of the episode could begin, and the Mudd role - and the thrust of the episode - was changed. See more »


If the cryogenic station was a 20th Century orbiter, there is no way it could have gotten into deep space. See more »


L. Q. 'Sonny' Clemonds: What's this 'Neutral Zone'?
Lt. Commander Data: It is a buffer between the Romulan Empire and the Federation.
L. Q. 'Sonny' Clemonds: Why does that make me nervous?
Lt. Commander Data: I do not know.
L. Q. 'Sonny' Clemonds: Well, we won't be invitin' these Romulans to our party, will we?
Lt. Commander Data: No, that would not be... appropriate.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q Who? (1989) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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The line of the show.
26 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was one of my favorite episodes from the series. Every time it was on, I ended up watching it again.

It was bugging me when I was watching an episode of Deadwood and I couldn't place the character Tom Nuttall from the show as L. Q. 'Sonny' Clemonds from TNG until I looked it up.

The line of the show was when he said to Data, "Why don't you come back later on and you and me will find us a couple low mileage "pit woofies" (sic?) and help em build a memory".

I was on the floor. He made the show.

Catch it if you haven't seen it.

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