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Time's Arrow 

Captain Picard and his archaeological curiosity are called upon by scientists from Earth when they find evidence to support beliefs that aliens had visited Earth in the late 1800s.


Les Landau


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Joe Menosky (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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. Commander Data
Jerry Hardin ... Samuel Clemens
Michael Aron Michael Aron ... Jack London
Barry Kivel Barry Kivel ... Doorman
Ken Thorley Ken Thorley ... Seaman
Sheldon Peters Wolfchild ... Joe Falling Hawk
Jack Murdock Jack Murdock ... Beggar
Marc Alaimo ... Frederick LaRouque
Milt Tarver Milt Tarver ... Scientist


Picard and the Enterprise are urgently called back to Earth to see the results of an archaeological dig that reveals aliens may have visited the planet in the 19th century. Among the many relics they have found is one that is totally out of place - Commander Data's head. Data confirms that it is his own head and not that of his brother Lore. He seems completely at ease with the find, which is not the case with the rest of the crew. On the planet, Data encounters a temporal vortex and he suddenly finds himself transported to 19th century San Francisco where he meets none other than Guinan. Written by garykmcd

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13 June 1992 (USA) See more »

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This takes place in August 1893 and 2368. See more »


Jack London is working as a bellboy at the Hotel Brian in San Francisco and a newspaper that Data has picked up reveals the present date as Sunday, August 13, 1893. During that year London sailed to Japan and when he returned there was much labor unrest and a financial panic gripped the San Francisco - Oakland area. See more »


Guinan: Do you remember the first time we met?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Of course.
Guinan: Don't be so sure. I just mean, if you don't go on this mission - we'll *never* meet.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Timescape (1993) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Cheesy and silly
5 October 2018 | by djzeamanSee all my reviews

I've been watching old ST:TNG episodes based on the IMDB rating and everything over 8 stars has been enjoyable...until this two-parter.

The writing is awful. It's campy as can be and brings out the worst in the cast.

Plus the plot isn't interesting. Too bad, they had a great run of 4-5 episodes just before this.

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