As the Enterprise conducts a security sweep near the Neutral Zone, Picard thinks there may be a secret Romulan base and pulls Riker from his birthday party to lead an away team. When they're overcome by methane gas, Riker awakens in Dr. Crusher's sick bay - and told h is 16 after the incedent, and is captain of Enterprise;
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This episode takes place sixteen years into Riker's future. This would be 2383, four years after the events seen in Star Trek: Nemesis
(2002). Admiral Picard states that the peace talks with the Romulans originated in an event four years prior, the same time period as Nemesis. And Riker's ship was in charge of the task force handling discussions with the Romulans. See more
As Admiral Picard talks with Captain Riker in the Conference room and says "Will, you're sound of mind and body. If you are properly briefed, you'll still be able to perform your duty," you can see either a gnat, fly or mosquito buzz around his uniform. See more
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge
I'm running a level 1 diagnostic.
Commander William T. Riker
For thirty hours? It would never take you more than four. You're incapable of that level of incompetence, Mr. La Forge!
In the original broadcast and the Columbia House VHS version, when Riker discovers the Romulan deception and says, "Shall we end this charade," he pronounces the word "sha-rad". This line was later ADR'd by Jonathan Frakes
for the DVD to say "charade" pronounced "sha-RADE". See more
References 36 Hours
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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