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A Matter of Time 

Reaching Panthara IV after an asteroid wreaks havoc of catastrophic proportions, the Enterprise crew deals with trying to save the planet as well as deal with someone who claims to be a historian from the future.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
... Cmdr. William Riker
... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
... Lt. Worf
... Dr. Beverly Crusher
... Counselor Deanna Troi
... Lt. Commander Data
... Dr. Hal Moseley
... Berlinghoff Rasmussen
Sheila Franklin ... Ensign Felton
Shay Garner ... Scientist


The Enterprise sets out to help the colonized planet Penthara IV, where an asteroid impacts with an apocalyptic effect, first scorching then lasting clouding comparable to nuclear winter. On the route to it, an unknown vessel appears after a temporal distortion and beams aboard history professor Berlingoff Rasmussen from earth three centuries later (the 26th), who is obsessed by Picard, who accepts the whole crew to be questioned, despite the possibilities of fraud or altering reality. Once at Penthara 4, Geordie down there and Data aboard devise a method to create a greenhouse-effect, at the risk of making it far worse, so Picard wrestles with using Rasmussen's hindsight, but his own history proves significantly problematic... Written by KGF Vissers

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16 November 1991 (USA)  »

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Robin Williams, a long time Star Trek (1966) fan, had to opt out of the role of Prof. Rasmussen to play Peter Pan in Steven Spielberg's Hook (1991). See more »


At the very beginning, Geordi says that they are already seeing "climactic" changes. Climactic changes are changes relating to a climax or tension point. What he means is that the planet is experiencing "climatic" changes, which are changes related to climate. See more »


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Of course, you know of the Prime Directive - which tells us that we have no right to interfere in the natural evolution of alien worlds. Now, I have sworn to uphold it. But, nevertheless, I have disregarded that directive - on more than one occasion - because I thought it was the right thing to do! Now, if you are holding on to some... temporal equivalent of that directive, then isn't it possible that... you have an occasion here to make an exception, to... to help me to choose, because it's ...
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References Star Trek: Space Seed (1967) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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22 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

The Enterprise is dealing with a planet undergoing global cooling--a popular theory that was popularized by many of the folks who later popularized global warming. The ship is trying to figure out a way to reverse the cooling--when out of nowhere, a weirdo researcher who identifies himself as coming from the future arrives on the ship. He butters up the crew and tells them that he's here to see THE Enterprise --the one that is such importance to the history of the Federation. The Captain seems to accept this very readily and allows the guy to stay aboard and observe this mission. He also allows the guy to administer questionnaires to the crew and ask them questions. Unfortunately, changing the planet's climate is not easy--and the Captain is worried he'll destroy it in the process. And, unfortunately, this researcher is NOT exactly who he claims to be.

Matt Frewer was a good choice to play the time traveler, as he has had a long history of playing goofy characters---and this one is rather goofy. All in all, the show is inconsequential but also enjoyable-- with a nice ending.

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