Deep in space, the Enterprise comes across a Federation shuttle craft that is floating in space and without much power but which does exhibit the life signs of one human aboard. They bring the craft aboard only to find that it is one of their own shuttle craft and to their amazement find a duplicate, but unconscious, Captain Picard aboard. Data and Geordi Laforge manage to restore power and determine that the craft actually comes from 6 hours into the future and the shuttle's log reveals that the Enterprise will be destroyed. As the Enterprise enters a dangerous vortex and the events in the recovered shuttle's log seem to be coming true, Picard and the crew must find a way to break the time-warp cycle they seem to be in. Written by
Did You Know?
Shuttle #5, the El Baz, which Picard used to escape the Enterprise, is named after Farouk Elbaz
(whose named is sometimes hyphenated or split), a geologist who helped train the Apollo astronaut Command Module Pilots to observe the Moon from orbit. See more
In the very first sickbay scene, the "real" Captain Picard is momentarily transparent, and you can see the corridor wall through him. See more
Commander William T. Riker
When we brought the shuttle and the other Picard on board, we committed to a sequence of events which may be unalterable.