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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Lieutenant Tasha Yar (credit only)
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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 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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Sonny's musings about the Atlanta Braves probably finding new ways to lose was applicable to the time of the episode's production and original airing. By the late 1990s/2000s (the time frame of the characters' cryonization), the Braves had developed into one of baseball's more successful franchises. See more »


When Riker said get that man off of the bridge the two men who were supposed to be escorting him off the bridge disobeyed a direct order and that would not have happened on the Enterprise. 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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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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