Captain Picard and his archaeological curiosity are called upon by scientists from Earth when they find evidence to support beliefs that aliens had visited Earth in the late 1800s.



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Picard and the Enterprise are urgently called back to Earth to see the results of an archaeological dig that reveals aliens may have visited the planet in the 19th century. Among the many relics they have found is one that is totally out of place - Commander Data's head. Data confirms that it is his own head and not that of his brother Lore. He seems completely at ease with the find, which is not the case with the rest of the crew. On the planet, Data encounters a temporal vortex and he suddenly finds himself transported to 19th century San Francisco where he meets none other than Guinan. Written by garykmcd

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13 June 1992 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Marc Alaimo, later to play Gul Dukat in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), makes an appearance as one of the poker players that Data cleans out. It is his third and final "Next Generation" appearance. See more »


When first arriving on Earth, Data & Picard are examining artifacts in the cave. Picard picks up a Colt revolver which Data incorrectly identifies as a Colt "double action" revolver when it is in fact a Colt "single action" revolver. See more »


[Data has not been included in the away team]
Lt. Commander Data: Sir, it is standard procedure that the Second Officer accompany the away team.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Yes, yes, Mr. Data, I'm aware of that.
Lt. Commander Data: Then I must assume your decision is related to the discovery on Earth.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I think it is reasonable to take precautions.
Lt. Commander Data: Captain, there is no rational justification for this course.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Then I'll be irrational!
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Timescape (1993) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Best Portrayal of Mark Twain, Best Two-Parter
10 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I take GREAT Offense to those who pan this episode and particularly when they pan the great job Jerry Hardin ("Deep Throat" from The X-Files) did with Mark Twain. I've heard recordings of Mark Twain impersonators who knew him in his lifetime, and I've seen the rare footage Edison did of him, this marries the two. So we can literally SEE Mark Twain speak and walk and it is just done SO well, even compared to Hal Holbrook's great work.

In fact, I believe this episode happened. These two episode are so well written, and the concept is so odd, that I have to ask, which alternate universe did it come from? It's not the usual Time Travel gimmickry. As usual my formula for great Time episodes are when it's accidental, and I would say Data stumbling from Dividia II in the 24th Century to Market Street in 1893 San Fransisco is one great bumble.

And he does not lose a beat, he immediately picks up a newspaper and starts getting his bearings - AND a Poker Game with Gul Dukat (Marc Alaimo) and Mr Mott in human form, who says "Go to Blazes" to Joe Fallinghawk, the other card shark.

But what is of great importance here is Guinan's role in this, we finally get some great background of the character, and to see her with Mark Twain and Data just tickles me.

These Dividia II Aliens were so strange, so bizarre, and what they were doing so Insidious that my skin crawled. And that "Ophidian"... Shudder.

Data has to inspect his own 500-year old head, which is another creepy thing. "It has happened, it Will happen" - Only Data sees this logically without any fear.

But Mark Twain gets more than he bargains for when he eavesdrops on Guinan and Data. And why is that kid "Jack" at the Hotel so familiar? When I say I believe this story happened, well, "it has happened, it will happen..."

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