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Time Squared 

The Enterprise comes across its own shuttlecraft adrift in space - a duplicate - with an unconscious duplicate Capt. Picard inside.


Joseph L. Scanlan


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Maurice Hurley (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher (credit only)
Diana Muldaur ... Doctor Pulaski
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien


Deep in space, the Enterprise comes across a Federation shuttle craft floating aimlessly and without power but exhibiting one human life sign aboard. They tow in the craft only to find it is one of their own, with, to their amazement, a duplicate, but unconscious, Captain Picard inside. Data and La Forge manage to restore power and determine that the craft comes from six hours into the future, with its shuttle log revealing the Enterprise' total destruction. As the Enterprise enters a dangerous vortex, and events in the recovered shuttle's log seem to be coming true, Picard and crew must find a way to break the time-warp cycle they seem to be in. Written by garykmcd

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The original title was "Time to the Second;" however, the final title would mathematically be written "Time²." Both titles refer to the power of 2 in reference to the present and future Captain Picards. See more »


After the energy bolts hit the ship, La Forge says he can hold their position for only a few minutes. Moments later he tells Picard that he can't hold it any longer, yet Picard tells La Forge to hold position, and La Forge does so. See more »


[everyone seems to find Riker's omelets inedible]
Lieutenant Worf: [unflinchingly] Delicious.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Most Toys (1990) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Unstuck in Time/Great Episode
8 August 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Picard and the crew notice a Federation shuttlecraft careening through space. It is out of control. They use a tractor beam to pull it in. When they do, they realize it has the same designation as a shuttlecraft that rests in the bay. Not only that but aboard the thing is an unconscious Jean-Luc Picard. He is brought to sick bay and observed by the "actual" Captain. Various clues point to the fact that somehow the new Picard abandoned ship and the Enterprise was destroyed. It is also revealed that time is out of phase and the new Captain is surviving six hours into the future. How do they prevent the destruction of their ship? How do they change a future that has already taken place. While the whole thing is confusing, it brings out every nuance that Patrick Stewart can deliver. Are his decisions a change in the future, or are they just following that which will be? Everyone is affected by this but it will ultimately get back to Picard acting. There is a scene where he implores the new Picard to tell him what an alternate action would be. But there is no response, only panic. Watch this one a couple times. Very intelligent and very compelling.

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1 April 1989 (USA) See more »

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