Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2, Episode 13

Time Squared (1 Apr. 1989)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Wesley Crusher (credit only)


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 garykmcd

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Originally meant to be a two-parter, with "Q" (John de Lancie) the force behind the time anomaly. See more »


When Enterprise is flying into the vortex La Forge is shown holding onto the console to keep from falling down, but O'Brien in the shuttle bay is shown standing straight and tall without difficulty. See more »


Commander William T. Riker: Captain, I think this is one instance where you should suppress your natural tendencies.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Oh, really?
Commander William T. Riker: One of your strengths is your ability to... evaluate the dynamics of a situation, and then take a definitive, pre-emptive step, take charge. Now you're frustrated because you not only can't see the solution, you can't even define the problem.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Hm... Go on.
Commander William T. Riker: What we're facing is neither a person or a place, at least not yet. It's time.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: You're saying I should just sit down, shut up and wait.
Commander William T. Riker: Well, I...
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Edited into Star Trek: The Next Generation: Descent: Part 1 (1993) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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The Slingshot effect
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This was one of the better Star Trek: The next generation episode. It deals with Captain Picard who is mysteriously found on a shuttle craft out in deep space. The problem is that this discovery is a duplicate of the Captain who is already on board the Enterprise. After the shuttle craft logs are broadcast, it appears that the Enterprise was destroyed six hours into the future with the sole survivor being the Captain. Since a captain always "goes down the ship", the "real" Picard cannot understand why the future Picard would do such a thing. What comes out of this is feelings of self-doubt and uncertainty as to what to do in the next several hours. As the time approaches with the current Picard coming to the same time reference as the future Picard, the future Picard starts to "phase back" and become more coherent. The current Picard realizes that the future Picard had made a deadly choice that resulted in the Enterprise destruction. The ship becomes enveloped in a time vortex that tries to drag it inside the vortex. Picard makes a last minute decision to stop the future Picard from repeating his previous actions and instead propels the ship using a slingshot effect. This changes the dynamics of the subsequent future time line. Picard essentially had a second chance to correct his "error".

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