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Effects of passing through a wormhole give the Enterprise crew a sense that they were unconscious for more than the thirty seconds they've been led to believe.


Les Landau


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Bruce D. Arthurs (teleplay by) | 6 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Pamela Winslow Kashani Pamela Winslow Kashani ... Ensign McKnight (as Pamela Winslow)
Rhonda Aldrich Rhonda Aldrich ... Madeline
Whoopi Goldberg ... Guinan
Patti Yasutake ... Nurse Alyssa Ogawa
Tom Knickerbocker Tom Knickerbocker ... Gunman (as Thomas Knickerbocker)


During leave time aboard, Picard obliges a personal promise to Guinan by playing parts in an Al Capone period gangster mystery story, but soon a mysterious energy source takes precedence. It creates a small, unstable local wormhole, causing everybody to be unconscious, presumably for just half a minute according to the instruments. However strange changes are observed, such as spores showing a full day's growth and the ship is even off course, near a planet of another class. Doubts are inevitable, even about Data, as Geordi finds only they two were able to circumvent the computer security program preventing the clock manipulation which is the only logical explanation, and Data is in perfect working order. Geordi proves that the planet image before the black-out is a fake altered from memory banks, only Data could have switched them and staged an apparent wormhole; Data claims to be unable to verify and should be court-martialed, probably the end of his Starfleet career, but why would ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Is similar to Red Dwarf: Thanks for the Memory (1988). It is often referred to as being a remake or retelling. At one point, Patrick Stewart saw "Thanks for the Memory" and, thinking it was a rip-off of The Next Generation, was about to call his lawyer, until a joke occurred. Within moments, he understood what Red Dwarf was all about, and he became a fan of the series. See more »


Data's convoluted attempts at subterfuge to conceal the existence of the Paxans makes no sense. Data has free will. Even with Picard's order to conceal their existence, Data is far more likely to reveal everything that happened, so there is no longer any curiosity to return. See more »


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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Captain's log, stardate 44502.7 - Early completion of our mission at Harrakis V has allowed me to grant extra personal time for many of the crew. This has come as something of a relief, since our recent tight scheduling has prevented the pursuit of the leisure activities that are a normal part of life aboard the Enterprise. I expect our journey past the Ngame Nebula to be uneventful.
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A little rushed
27 November 2020 | by dougp01See all my reviews

I very much enjoyed how the storyline was developing. And a lot of potential here. However, to wrap up the story in the allotted time of a single episode, the story feels rushed in the closing minutes.

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