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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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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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 »


When both of the Picards are in the shuttle bay, the other Picard presses buttons on the control console causing the entire console to shake. 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.
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Edited into Star Trek: The Next Generation: Descent: Part 1 (1993) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Captain Picard is beside himself.
14 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This was a terrible episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation". It was stagy, excessively cerebral and really didn't make a lot of sense. While the Enterprise is out on routine maneuvers, they come upon something VERY startling--a shuttlecraft floating in space. More startling is that it is from the Enterprise...yet they're not missing one. Most startling is that the passenger is the Captain...yet Picard is ALSO on the bridge!! This make no sense at all and eventually Geordi comes to realize that the Captain they just found is from six hours in the future! Although they have a lot of questions, the guy they discovered isn't able to answer, as he's out of phase, time-wise.

Does any of what I just said make sense? Well, no...but even less satisfying is the ending where Picard just KNOWS what to do even though there was really no indication what he SHOULD do and then, everything ends just fine. HUH!?! What did I just see?! A confusing and not at all interesting episode to day the least.

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