Captain Picard and crew follow Data back to the late 1800s to get him back, only to find the suspected alien visitors killing people of that time.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Boyett ...
Pamela Kosh ...
Michael Aron ...
Dr. Appollinaire
Alien Nurse
Alexander Enberg ...
Young Reporter


In order to catch the malicious time-shifting aliens, Picard and some crew-members use their knowledge of their time-travel technique to follow Data and the still unexperienced Guinan on Earth in the 19th century, where author Dr. Samuel Clemens' persistent inquisitive suspicion is on to them. When the aliens' time-shift back is tested, Samuel Clemens is transported back aboard with the crew and starts pondering the advances made in five centuries of human and intergalactic progress, while Data is only retrieved after decapitation. In the past, the aliens try to put up a defense... Written by KGF Vissers

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19 September 1992 (USA)  »

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Contains an allusion to Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court", one of the first well known time-travel novels. See more »


Picard is changing lamps and is questioned by a doctor. The doctor responds, "There hasn't been an earthquake here in thirty years." This is set in August 1893, and according to the Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco, on June 6, 1893, there was a "strong earthquake...and many men in downtown offices rushed to the streets." There were in fact dozens of earthquakes in the 30 years prior to 1893, including sizable earthquakes in 1892, 1890, 1889, 1888, 1885, 1883 (the strongest since 1868), and on with noticeable earthquakes nearly every year. See more »


Commander William T. Riker: I just want you to know that I have the utmost respect for the law.
[punches policeman in the face]
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Featured in Star Trek: Science vs. Fiction: Zeitreisen (2006) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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"A WereWolf!"
10 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This second part was written by Jeri, who captured the essence of the first part. Of course, she had to wrangle a part for her son (Who would later become Vorick in Voyager) as the young reporter Twain is talking to in the teaser.

In fact, this teaser threw me for a loop, I had been expecting Twain to react differently. I had thought he was more of a progressive gent, but then again, he was acting on a perceived threat. And that is what made the characterization great.

Of course, Picard's away team is also acting on the same perceived threat, but with Landladies and crooked policemen (Played by William Boyett of "The Big Goodbye") interfering, it was harder for their little Shakespearean Acting Troop. But the meat of this story is all laid out here, where Data's history coincides with the Away Team's history, and both coincide to 1893's "Cholera Epidemic". This part of the story moves a lot more rapidly, as it is less Discovery and more Solution. And of course, includes Picard's very first meeting with Guinan.

Meanwhile, Twain is investigating Data, so eventually all blazes get let loose when all parties involved including the Dividia-II aliens meet up in the Mining Shaft. It's kind of an Er, "Explosive" situation. Which gives Twain a unique opportunity to meet a "were-Worf" I think such "time shifts" would drive normal people mad.

But the idea was to solve this conundrum and have fun at the same time, and it was a success in that respect. As a Fan of both Twain and Trek I was tickled. These two episodes speak for themselves, this is again the Heart of Trek- Prevent Alien Incursions, and Have Fun with Historical Figures.

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