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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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19 September 1992 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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According to production designer Richard D. James, a museum loaned out a horse-driven fire vehicle for the first time ever, thanks to the power of the words, "Star Trek." See more »


Dr Crusher tells Commander Riker that the field generated by the "cane" can only be balanced for one person. Riker decides this means if he travels back to rescue Captain Picard, only one of them could come back. But a few hours before, an entire away team returned successfully, even those who did not have physical contact with device. Even if only one person could enter the field at a time, Ryker could have returned to San Francisco, found Picard, activated the field to send Picard back, and allowed the field to dissipate before re-activating it to return himself. See more »


[Clemens enters the cave holding the alien time travel device]
Samuel Clemens: [panting] This thing put me down in the middle of Market Street! Took forever to get here.
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References Time After Time (1979) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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"A WereWolf!"
10 June 2015 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

This second part was written by Jeri, who captured the essence of the first part. Of course, she had to wrangle a part for her son (Who would later become Vorick in Voyager) as the young reporter Twain is talking to in the teaser.

In fact, this teaser threw me for a loop, I had been expecting Twain to react differently. I had thought he was more of a progressive gent, but then again, he was acting on a perceived threat. And that is what made the characterization great.

Of course, Picard's away team is also acting on the same perceived threat, but with Landladies and crooked policemen (Played by William Boyett of "The Big Goodbye") interfering, it was harder for their little Shakespearean Acting Troop. But the meat of this story is all laid out here, where Data's history coincides with the Away Team's history, and both coincide to 1893's "Cholera Epidemic". This part of the story moves a lot more rapidly, as it is less Discovery and more Solution. And of course, includes Picard's very first meeting with Guinan.

Meanwhile, Twain is investigating Data, so eventually all blazes get let loose when all parties involved including the Dividia-II aliens meet up in the Mining Shaft. It's kind of an Er, "Explosive" situation. Which gives Twain a unique opportunity to meet a "were-Worf" I think such "time shifts" would drive normal people mad.

But the idea was to solve this conundrum and have fun at the same time, and it was a success in that respect. As a Fan of both Twain and Trek I was tickled. These two episodes speak for themselves, this is again the Heart of Trek- Prevent Alien Incursions, and Have Fun with Historical Figures.

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