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Time's Arrow: Part II 

Captain Picard and crew follow Data back to the late 1800s to get him back, only to find the suspected alien visitors killing people of that time.


Les Landau


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Jeri Taylor (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »




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. Cmdr. Data
Jerry Hardin ... Samuel Clemens
Pamela Kosh ... Mrs. Carmichael
William Boyett ... Policeman
Michael Aron Michael Aron ... Jack London
James Gleason ... Dr. Appollinaire
Mary Stein ... Alien Nurse
Alexander Enberg ... Young Reporter
Whoopi Goldberg ... Guinan


In order to catch the malicious time-shifting aliens, Picard and some crew-members use their knowledge of their time-travel technique to follow Data and the still inexperienced Guinan on Earth in the 19th century, where author Samuel Clemens' persistent inquisitive suspicion is on to them. When the aliens' time-shift back is tested, Samuel Clemens is transported back aboard with the crew and starts pondering the advances made in five centuries of human and intergalactic progress, while Data is only retrieved after decapitation. In the past, the aliens try to put up a defense. Written by KGF Vissers

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The character Samuel Clemens, representing Mark Twain, says "I have all those books to write whatever they are". In Time After Time (1979), another time travel movie set in San Francisco, the character representing H.G. Wells says the same thing. See more »


Picard uses Data's head to send a message to the Enterprise in the 24th century. It would be much easier to simply tell Guinan the message, whom he knows will also be on the ship in the 24th century. The information wouldn't be anything that Guinan or anyone else could use to change the course of history and she could be trusted by the captain as much as Data could. There's also no guarantee that Geordi would be able to reattach Data's head and get or correctly interpret Picard's message, making Guinan the better choice. See more »


Guinan: You know an awful lot about me.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Hmm. Believe me, in the future, the tables will be turned.
Guinan: Do we become friends?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Oh - it goes far beyond friendship.
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Referenced in Futurama: Roswell That Ends Well (2001) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Fun but flawed
6 April 2018 | by billtkdSee all my reviews

Apart from the poor sit-com with the landlady, this was good, if contrived, fun. Those who complained about Samuel Clemens voice/accent have clearly not done their homework. He did make audio recordings (on wax cylinders) but none are known to have survived.) However, the actor William Gillette (best know as the first to play Sherlock Holmes) knew Clemens and used to impersonations of him on stage. He recorded at least one and it sounds like what we hear here.

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19 September 1992 (USA) See more »

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