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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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Did You Know?


Jerry Hardin (Samuel Clemens) also played Radue in TNG "When The Bough Breaks" and as Dr. Neria in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Emanations". See more »


Though he says he's from New Orleans, Larouque's Southern accent is entirely out of place since the NOLA accent is more akin to Brooklyn than northern Louisiana, because of New Orleans' history as a center of immigration. See more »


Lt. Commander Data: I have no need for companionship. However, I do require some supplies.
Jack London: Anything you need, I can get it for you wholesale. I can get if for you less than wholesale if, uh, you don't ask me where it came from.
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Time travelin' back to Earth...circa 1893.
26 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This episode begins with Data's head being discovered in San Francisco. Judging by the looks of it, it's been there for a very, very long time! When the Enterprise (including Data with his head intact) inspects this archaeological site, they find a weird transport beam and Data is sent back to 1893! He is stuck there and ends up meeting Mark Twain, Jack London and Guinan. But, since this is well into the bast, Guinan (who for some weird reason is on Earth) does not recognize him. He also learns that there are weird creatures going into our past to harvest human beings! Can the Enterprise crew figure out a way to get Data? And, can they stop these things from killing humans from the past?

This is the first of a two-part episode. I actually think part one is a bit better--mostly because it has less Mark Twain (who seemed a bit too present and hammy in part 2). Enjoyable and different.

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