Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 5, Episode 26

Time's Arrow: Part 1 (13 Jun. 1992)

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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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Data's severed head was later used as the severed head of a Borg Drone in Star Trek: Voyager: Unimatrix Zero: Part 1 (2000). See more »

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Samuel Clemens is depicted with white hair and wearing a white suit, but this part of the show is set in 1893 when Clemens was 58 years old. According to the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, "In December, 1906, he wore a white suit while appearing before a congressional committee regarding copyright. He did this for dramatic emphasis. Several times after that he wore white out of season for effect. He has been portrayed as the white haired gentleman in the white suit, but this was only sporadically at the end of his life." Photographer Napoleon Sarony took several photos of Clemens in 1893; Clemens' hair was not all white in 1893, nor did Clemens look as old as he was portrayed in Time's Arrow. See more »

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[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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It's All in Data's Head
6 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Away team goes to a cave that had not been investigated for 500 years. In it they find a broken watch, a few other artifacts, and, most amazing of all, a tarnished and broken metallic head, that of Commander Data. Apparently, this head has been there all this time and is evidence of some intergalactic invasiveness into this century. Since Data is now alive, something must be done. In a delightful first half, Data finds himself in San Francisco around the turn of the century. He is so out of place, but it is San Francisco. He needs money and gets into a poker game. He rents a room and begins to build a device to go after a couple of time traveling cannibals. Along the way he runs in to Samuel Clemens and a young Jack London. He awaits the arrival of the rest of the crew to assist his efforts. Of course, there are numerous complications, among these the constant meddling of Clemens who believes there are aliens and they are up to no good.


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