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This episode was originally intended to be a cost-cutting "bottle show". It wound up being one of the most expensive episodes of the season.
First appearance by Susanna Thompson who later starred as The Borg Queen in Star Trek: Voyager: Dark Frontier (1999) and Star Trek: Voyager: Unimatrix Zero: Part 1 (2000).
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The Romulans were experimenting with a molecular phase inverter to create an interphase cloak. This is similar to what the USS Pegasus illegally attempted to test in "The Pegasus". Geordi ominously foreshadows this in his penultimate sentence: "Well, maybe we should develop our own interphase device."
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Thomas Kopache is one of only a few actors to appear on all four of the Star Trek TV spin-off series and is one of only five actors to play seven or more different characters in Star Trek (the others being Jeffrey Combs, Randy Oglesby, J. G.Hertzler, and Vaughn Armstrong).
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All three of the guest actors playing Romulans (Thomas Kopache, Susanna Thompson, and Brian Cousins) would go on to play numerous other roles in various Star Trek episodes and films.
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In "Timescape", the Enterprise-D would also transfer power to a Romulan vessel via a power transfer beam which, if uninterrupted, would destroy the ship.
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This episode was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Drama Series.
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Thomas Kopache has played Mirok in TNG "The Next Phase", Train Engineer in TNG "Emergence", Enterprise-B communications officer in Star Trek Generations, Viorsa in Voyager "The Thaw", Kira Taban in DS9 "Ties of Blood and Water" and "Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night", Tos in Enterprise "Broken Bow" and a Sphere Builder test subject in Enterprise "Harbinger".
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This takes place in 2368.
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Susanna Thompson has played four characters in the Star Trek franchise, the Borg Queen in Voyager episodes "Dark Frontier", "Unimatrix Zero", and "Unimatrix Zero, Part II", Lenara Kahn in DS9 "Rejoined", Varel on TNG "The Next Phase" and Jaya on TNG "Frame of Mind".
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Thomas Kopache played a judge in the "Boston Legal" episodes "A Greater Good" and "Change of Course" with fellow Star Trek actors William Shatner (Captain Kirk) and Rene Auberjonois (Odo).
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Thomas Kopache played a judge in the Close To Home episode "Privilege" which also featured Connor Trinneer (Trip from ST Enterprise) and was directed by Roxann Dawson (B'Elanna Torres from Voyager).
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The Stardate can be learned from Ro's "death" certificate.
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The first Jazz piece played during the funeral service is "Down By The Riverside". The second is "When the Saints Go Marching In".
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