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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.

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... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
... Cmdr. William Riker
... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
... Lt. Worf
... Dr. Beverly Crusher
... Counselor Deanna Troi
... Lt. Commander Data
... Guinan
... Samuel Clemens
Michael Aron ... Jack London
Barry Kivel ... Doorman
Ken Thorley ... Seaman
... Joe Falling Hawk
Jack Murdock ... Beggar
... Frederick LaRouque
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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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When Deanna Troi quotes Data, she is referring to the events of the 4th season episode "Legacy", where Data explains his perception of friendship to Ishara Yar. See more »

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When Data looks at the newspaper advertising Guinan's literary reception, the writing on the back page of the paper in the next shot is back to front and upside down.

This is not a goof. The newspaper has been folded in half to make for easier handling. Thus the back view is the bottom half of the page Data is reading and obviously it appears upside down.. See more »

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Jack London: Isn't that what makes America great?
Lt. Commander Data: To what are you referring?
Jack London: Well, a man rides into town in his pajamas, wins a grub stake at a poker table, turns it into a horseless carriage and makes a million bucks. That's America!
Lt. Commander Data: I believe I have given you an erroneous impression.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Legacy (1990) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Time travelin' back to Earth...circa 1893.
26 November 2014 | by See 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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