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Aboard a runabout, Picard, Data, Geordi, and Deanna encounter time distortions; they also discover the ''Enterprise'', frozen in time, seconds away from destruction.
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Aboard a runabout, Picard, Data, La Forge, and Troi encounter time distortions; they also discover the ''Enterprise'', frozen in time, seconds away from destruction.
   
 
==Summary==
 
==Summary==
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[[File:Riker injured by Spot.jpg|thumb|Cmdr. Riker is treated after being attacked by Spot]]
 
===Teaser===
 
===Teaser===
[[Commander]] [[William T Riker|Riker]] is sitting on one of the beds in [[sickbay]] with two deep cuts on his forehead. While [[Doctor|Dr]] [[Beverly Crusher|Crusher]] is scanning the cuts with a tricorder she says that it serves him right for playing [[Parrises squares]] like he was twenty-one and that next time he injures himself, she may not be able to treat him. Riker tells her that he wasn't playing Parrises squares so Beverly guesses that he was injured in one of [[Worf]]'s [[Klingon calisthenics program|calisthenics programs]] but again she is wrong and Riker tells her that it was in fact [[Spot]] who injured him - Riker promised to feed [[Data]]'s cat while he was away (even though will hates cats) and was attacked as he was going to feed Spot. Riker suggests that Beverly feed Spot and the doctor says that she'd be happy to. Riker is called to the [[bridge]] by [[Lt]] Worf on the intercom and as Riker leaves sickbay for the bridge, he tosses Beverly a [[phaser|hand phaser]] joking that she'd need it to feed Spot.
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[[Commander]] [[William T. Riker|Riker]] is sitting on one of the beds in [[sickbay]] with two deep cuts on his forehead. As [[Doctor|Dr.]] [[Beverly Crusher|Crusher]] scans the cuts with a [[medical tricorder]], she says that it serves him right for playing [[parrises squares]] like he was twenty-one. She warns that next time he injures himself, she may not be able to treat him. Riker tells her that he wasn't playing parrises squares, however. Dr. Crusher then guesses that he was injured in one of [[Worf]]'s [[Klingon calisthenics program|calisthenics programs]], but again she is wrong. Riker tells her that it was, in fact, [[Spot]] who injured him &ndash; Riker had promised to feed [[Data]]'s cat while he was away (even though he hates cats) and was attacked while going to feed Spot. Because of this, Riker suggests that Dr. Crusher feed Spot, and the doctor says she'd be happy to. Riker is then called to the [[bridge]] by [[Lieutenant|Lt.]] Worf on the intercom. As Riker leaves sickbay for the bridge, he tosses Dr. Crusher a [[phaser|hand phaser]], half-joking that she'd need it to feed Spot.
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As Riker enters the bridge, Worf informs him that they have picked up a [[distress call]] on the long range [[sensor]]s. It is from a [[Romulan]] ship, claiming that they have suffered a total engine failure, falling power levels, and failing [[life support]]. Although there are signs that the distress call is a trap, [[Federation]] policy is to give the benefit of the doubt in these situations. Since the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-D|-D}} won't rendezvous with [[Captain]] [[Jean-Luc Picard|Picard]]'s runabout for another thirteen hours, Riker orders a course to meet with the Romulan ship. As a precaution, he orders the [[shields]] raised and issues a [[red alert]].
   
As Riker enters the bridge, Worf informs him that they have picked up a [[distress call]] on the long range [[sensor]]s from a [[Romulan]] ship, claiming that they have suffered a total engine failure, power levels are falling and [[life support]] systems are failing. The distress call is possibly a trap but [[Federation]] policy is to give the benefit of the doubt in these situations and because the ''Enterprise'' won't rendezvous with [[Captain]] [[Jean-Luc Picard|Picard]]'s [[runabout]] for another thirteen hours, Riker orders a course to meet with the Romulan ship but have the [[shield]]s raised and go to [[red alert]] as a precaution.
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:"''Captain's Log, Stardate 46944.2. Commander Data, Mr. La Forge, Counselor Troi, and I are ''en route'' to the ''Enterprise'', after attending a three-day conference on the psychological effects of long-term deep space assignments.''"
   
:''Captain's Log, Stardate 46944.2. Commander Data, Mister La Forge, Counselor Troi and I are en route to the Enterprise, after attending a three-day conference on the psychological effects of long-term deep space assignments.
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[[File:Danube class, aft section.jpg|thumb|left|Picard, Data and La Forge freeze]]
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Captain Picard and [[Lieutenant Commander|Lt. Cmdrs.]] [[Data]], [[Geordi La Forge|La Forge]], and [[Counselor]] [[Deanna Troi|Troi]] are aboard a [[runabout]] heading back to rendezvous with the ''Enterprise''. Data turns [[helm]] control of the runabout over to the computer and joins Picard, La Forge, and Troi, who are sitting at a table finishing their lunches and discussing their thoughts about the conference. Troi talks about a [[Ktarian]] [[scientist]], Dr. [[Mizan]], who wanted her to join him in "empirical research" on [[inter-species reproduction]]. Other than her encounter with Dr. Mizan, Troi was bored at the conference, as there was little opportunity for those attending a seminar to give their views. The lecturer was the only one with freedom to speak.
   
[[Captain]] Picard, [[Lt Cmdr]]s Data and [[Geordi La Forge|La Forge]] and [[Counselor]] [[Deanna Troi|Troi]] are onboard a runabout heading back to rendezvous with the ''Enterprise''. Data turns [[helm]] control of the runabout over to the computer and joins Picard, Geordi and Deanna who are sitting at a table finishing their lunch, discussing their thoughts about the conference. Deanna talks about a [[Ktarian]] scientist, Dr [[Mizan]], who wanted her to join him in "empirical research" on [[inter-species reproduction]]. Other than her encounter with Dr Mizan, Deanna was bored at the conference as there was little opportunity for those [[Image:Timescape_-_Picard%2C_Data_and_Geordi_Freeze.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Picard, Data and Geordi freeze]]attending one of the seminars to give their views as the only the lecturer gave his views. Picard's experiences were no better - he attended the [[physiognomy]] workshop where the lecturer, Dr. [[Vassbinder]], spent an hour giving a dissertation on the ionization effect of [[warp nacelle]]s until he realised that the topic was supposed to be [[psychology]] but nobody could tell him as he never gave the opportunity. Geordi on the other hand enjoyed his time at the warp energy symposium where he was able to touch a [[plasma]] field but halfway through speaking, he, Data and Picard freeze for no apparent reason. The pause is almost like a photograph and Deanna is surprised by the sudden stop in her friends' movements but a matter of seconds later, they resume and Geordi continues speaking about the plasma field as if nothing happened. Geordi notices that Deanna is somewhat shaken by something but when he asks her if something is wrong, she is not sure.
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Picard's experiences were no better &ndash; he attended the [[physiognomy]] workshop where the lecturer, Dr. [[Vassbinder]], spent an hour giving a dissertation on the ionization effect of [[warp nacelle]]s, until he realized that the topic was supposed to be [[psychology]]. As with Troi, nobody could tell the instructor of his mistake, as he never gave anyone the opportunity to speak. La Forge, on the other hand, enjoyed his time at the warp energy symposium where he was able to touch a [[plasma field]]. Halfway through speaking, he, Data, and Picard freeze for no apparent reason. Troi is surprised by the sudden stop in the others' movements, but in a matter of seconds, they resume as if nothing had happened. La Forge notices that Troi is somewhat shaken by something and asks her if something is wrong. She isn't sure.
   
 
===Act One===
 
===Act One===
While Geordi scans Picard and the Counselor with a tricorder, Deanna recalls what happened, saying that Picard, Data and Geordi stopped for a few seconds then carried on but she can't explain it. Geordi's tricoder scans turn up inconclusive saying that if something did happen to them, no residual traces were left and Data's memory showed no pause at the time when he froze. Furthermore, Data's internal chronometer and computer are perfectly synchronised so there appears to be no kind of temporal discrepancy but Geordi suggests running a ship-wide [[diagnostic]] to see if there was anything that they missed. Data agrees and goes with Geordi to the runabout cockpit. Picard asks Deanna to describe exactly when they appeared to freeze and she does so and says that she was probably just tired but in the blink of an eye, she is surrounded by all three officers. Deanna jumps in surprise and asks what happened while Geordi is scanning her. Data explains that she appeared to be motionless for just over three minutes - much like she had described the three previously. Geordi then finds something unusual on the tricorder - the scans were taken twenty-three minutes apart but according to her rate of cellular decay, she has only aged twenty minutes. Picard asks what could account for the discrepancy but Geordi does not know and says that it was as if time stopped for three minutes for the Counselor. The Captain is unwilling to take any risks and orders Data to contact the ''Enterprise'', telling Riker to come to the rendezvous point as soon as possible and to scan the region for temporal anomalies. Geordi leaves to check the sensor logs and Data reports that the ''Enterprise'' is not answering the hail and because the [[flagship]] is beyond sensor range, Picard orders an increase in speed to reach the rendezvous co-ordinates more quickly.
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While La Forge scans Picard and the [[Counselor]] with a [[tricorder]], Troi recalls what has happened, but she can't explain the event. La Forge's tricorder scans turn up inconclusive. If something did happen to them, no residual traces were left. Also, Data's memory showed no pause at the time when he froze. Furthermore, since Data's internal chronometer and the computer are perfectly synchronized, there appears to be no temporal discrepancy, but La Forge suggests running a ship-wide [[diagnostic]] to see if there was anything that they missed. Data agrees and goes with La Forge to the runabout cockpit. Picard asks Troi to describe exactly what happened when they appeared to freeze. She does so, adding that she was probably just tired and seeing things. In the blink of an eye, however, she is surrounded by all three officers. Troi jumps up in surprise, notices La Forge scanning her and asks what happened. Data explains that she appeared to be motionless for just over three minutes &ndash; much like she had described the other three previously. La Forge then finds something unusual on the tricorder &ndash; the two scans of Troi were taken twenty-three minutes apart, but, according to her rate of cellular decay, she has only aged twenty minutes. Picard asks what could account for the discrepancy, but La Forge does not know. He states that it was as if time stopped for three minutes for the counselor. The captain is unwilling to take any more risks. He orders Data to contact the ''Enterprise'', telling Riker to come to the rendezvous point as soon as possible to scan the anomalies. La Forge leaves to check the sensor logs. Data reports that the ''Enterprise'' is not answering the hail because the [[flagship]] is beyond sensor range; Picard orders an increase in speed to reach the rendezvous coordinates more quickly.
   
Data and Geordi are piloting the runabout when Data reads that there is an engine failure and the ship violently jolts and veers to the right. The starboard [[warp nacelle]] has just stopped and Data restores attitude control and the runabout is brought to all stop. Geordi is surprised to report that the starboard [[antimatter]] pod has been completely drained but there is no leak and all of the other engine systems are fully operational. Data then believes that he has an explanation for the sudden depletion of fuel - the plasma conversion sensor says that the starboard engine has been in operation for [[47|forty-seven]] days - far longer than the crew had been away for the conference, something that should have been impossible. Geordi checks the sensor while Picard goes into the crew cabin to check the fuel consumption logs.
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While Data and La Forge are piloting the runabout, Data reads that there is an engine failure which makes the ship violently jolt and veer to the right. The [[starboard]] [[warp nacelle]] has just stopped, so Data restores attitude control and brings the runabout to a stop. La Forge is surprised to report that the starboard [[antimatter]] [[antimatter storage pod|pod]] has been completely drained, since there is no leak and all of the other engine systems are fully operational. Data believes that he has an explanation for the sudden depletion of fuel &ndash; the [[plasma]] conversion sensor says that the starboard engine has been in operation for [[47|forty-seven]] days &ndash; far longer than the crew had been away for the conference. Since this is something that should have been impossible, La Forge checks the sensor while Picard goes into the crew cabin to check the fuel consumption logs.
   
[[Image:Timescape_-_Picard_Hand.jpg|thumb|200px|Picard's hand is affected by a temporal fragment]]
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[[File:Picard's hand experiences time travel.jpg|thumb|Picard's hand is affected by a temporal fragment and is in need of some trimming]]
While working in the cabin, the Captain notices something unusual, the fruit on the table (which was fresh minutes ago) is rotten and he innocently reaches with his right hand to touch it but he yells in agony and pulls his hand away. The three other officers run in to the cabin reacting to the Captain's yell. Picard sits in a chair holding his hand which is shaking and the fingernails on his right hand have grown as if they had been growing for several weeks. Troi scans his hand with a tricorder and says that the metabolism in his hand has increased by nearly fifty times and the pain in his hand soon subsides. Data looks at the fruit and performs a scan of the room with his tricorder. The android reports that there is a temporal disturbance, roughly spherical in shape, that intersects with the table. Time within this disturbance passes fifty times more quickly than normal and the disturbance reaches out to seventeen metres in space - covering the starboard nacelle, explaining why the runabout's supply of antimatter was drained. A final look at the fruit shows that it has completely disintegrated into dust.
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While working in the cabin, the captain notices something unusual: the fruit on the table (which was fresh minutes ago) is rotten. He innocently reaches with his right hand to touch it, but before he can he screams in agony and pulls his hand away. The three other officers run in to the cabin, reacting to the captain's yell. Picard sits in a chair holding his shaking right hand which has fingernails that appear to have been growing for several weeks. Troi scans his hand with a tricorder and says that the metabolism in his hand has increased by nearly fifty times. The pain in his hand soon subsides. Data looks at the fruit and performs a scan of the room with his tricorder. The [[android]] reports that there is a temporal disturbance, roughly spherical in shape, that intersects with the table. Time within this disturbance passes fifty times more quickly than normal. The disturbance reaches out to seventeen meters in space &ndash; covering the starboard nacelle, explaining why the [[runabout]]'s supply of antimatter was drained. A final look at the fruit shows that it has completely disintegrated into dust.
   
Picard orders Geordi to try and pilot the runabout away from the disturbance. He and Data manage to do so but they are soon stopped by another disturbance that has appeared directly behind them. Geordi reads his console and calls the Captain in. The sensors show that the runabout is surrounded by dozens of disturbances of different sizes where time appears to be passing at different rates - almost as if the [[space-time continuum]] had been shattered into fragments. The fragmentation effect increases along the course of the rendezvous co-ordinates with the ''Enterprise''. There is a somewhat ominous pause before Picard asks if they can navigate around the fragments - they can but only at half [[impulse power]] and a course is set to the rendezvous co-ordinates.
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Picard orders La Forge to try and pilot the runabout away from the disturbance. He and Data manage to do so, but they are soon stopped by another disturbance that has appeared directly behind them. La Forge reads his console and calls the captain in. The sensors show that the runabout is surrounded by dozens of disturbances of different sizes where time appears to be passing at different rates &ndash; almost as if the [[space-time continuum]] had been shattered into fragments. The fragmentation effect increases along the course of the rendezvous coordinates with the ''Enterprise''. There is a somewhat ominous pause before Picard asks if they can navigate around the fragments. They can, but only at half [[impulse power]]. They set a course to the rendezvous coordinates.
   
The runabout arrives at the rendezvous co-ordinates but there is no sign of the ''Enterprise'' but Geordi reads a faint, possibly metallic, signature. However power levels from the signature are negligible. The runabout makes its way to the signature but the fragmentation effect increases and the runabout slows further to compensate. They look though the front window and the moment turns to shock - the ''Enterprise'' and a [[D'deridex class|Romulan warbird]] are in the midst of a battle but the [[disruptor]] fire from the warbird is frozen in mid-blast.
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The runabout arrives at the rendezvous coordinates, but there is no sign of the ''Enterprise''. La Forge reads a faint, possibly metallic, signature with negligible power levels. The runabout makes its way to the signature, but the fragmentation effect increases, so the runabout must slow further to compensate. They look though the front window and the moment turns to shock &ndash; the ''Enterprise'' and a [[D'deridex class|Romulan warbird]] appear to be in the midst of a battle. Furthermore, the warbird seems to have fired at the ''Enterprise'' but the [[disruptor]] beam is frozen in mid-blast.
   
 
===Act Two===
 
===Act Two===
[[Image:Runabout (Enterprise-D)1.jpg|thumb|left|200px|The ''Enterprise-D'' appears to be under attack from a Romulan warbird]]
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[[File:Romulan warbird power transfer.jpg|thumb|left|The ''Enterprise''-D appears to be under attack from a Romulan warbird]]
Both the ''Enterprise'' and the Romulan warbird have been caught in another one of the temporal fragments and all of the fragments converge at this particular point in space so it is likely that this is the centre of the disturbances. Picard orders a scan for life signs but Data finds that sensors cannot penetrate the [[subspace]] field and he is unable to scan inside of either vessel. The ''Enterprise'' has taken some damage to its [[saucer section]] from disruptor fire but the Romulan warbird appears to have suffered no damage, suggesting that it [[cloaking device|decloaked]] and opened fire before the ''Enterprise'' could respond. There is also a second energy beam, coming from the ''Enterprise'''s [[navigational deflector]]. It is impossible to tell what the beam is for from a mere visual inspection but it is aimed at the engineering section of the warbird. The crew of the runabout cannot work out what has happened between the two ships from their current location and Picard suggests transporting over to the ''Enterprise'' but Data advises against it as each time that they were exposed to one of the temporal fragments, they were integrated into its time frame - if they were to beam over to the ''Enterprise'', they would become frozen in time and unable to work out the situation.
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Both the ''Enterprise'' and the Romulan warbird have been caught in another one of the temporal fragments and all of the fragments converge at this particular point in space, so it is likely that this is the center of the disturbances. Picard orders a scan for life signs, but Data finds that sensors cannot penetrate the [[subspace]] field and he is unable to scan inside of either vessel. The ''Enterprise'' has taken some damage to its [[saucer section]] and port [[nacelle]] from disruptor fire but the Romulan warbird appears to have suffered no damage, suggesting that it [[cloaking device|decloaked]] and opened fire before the ''Enterprise'' could respond. There is also a second energy beam, coming from the ''Enterprise''{{'}}s [[navigational deflector]]. It is impossible to tell what the beam is for from a mere visual inspection but it is aimed at the [[engineering]] section of the warbird. The crew of the runabout cannot work out what has happened between the two ships from their current location and Picard suggests transporting over to the ''Enterprise'' but Data advises against it as each time that they were exposed to one of the temporal fragments, they were integrated into its time frame; if they were to beam over to the ''Enterprise'', they, too, would become frozen in time and unable to work out the situation.
   
Picard thinks to himself and asks Geordi if using a [[subspace isolation field]] similar to one used on [[Devidia II]] would protect them from the effects of the temporal fragments ([[TNG]]: "[[Time's Arrow, Part I]]"). Geordi replies in the positive but they would need a sensitive phase discriminator to modulate such a forcefield. Data points out that the subspace emitters in the [[emergency transporter armband]]s could be modified to produce the desired effect as they contain a type-seven phase discriminator - a sensitive enough discriminator. However for the crew to be able to interact with the environment onboard the ''Enterprise'' the field would have to be restricted to an almost skin-tight fit. Geordi and Data begin their modifications to the armbands and Geordi also channels communications through the [[subspace relay]]s in them so they can remain in continuous communication. Picard, Data and Deanna wear armbands while Geordi remains on the runabout where he'll monitor them. As he activates the field, Deanna falls (and Data promptly catches her) feeling dizzy due to the small pocket of time being placed around them. Geordi beams the three directly to the bridge.
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Picard thinks to himself and asks La Forge if using a [[subspace isolation field]] similar to one used on [[Devidia II]] would protect them from the effects of the temporal fragments. ({{TNG|Time's Arrow}}) La Forge replies in the positive but they would need a sensitive [[phase discriminator]] to modulate such a force field. Data points out that the subspace emitters in the [[emergency transporter armband|emergency transporter armbands]] could be modified to produce the desired effect as they contain a type-seven phase discriminator &ndash; a sensitive enough discriminator. However for the crew to be able to interact with the environment onboard the ''Enterprise'' the field would have to be restricted to an almost skin-tight fit. La Forge and Data begin their modifications to the armbands and La Forge also channels communications through the [[subspace relay]]s in them so they can remain in continuous communication. Picard, Data and Troi wear armbands while La Forge remains on the runabout where he'll monitor them. As he activates the field, Troi falls (and Data promptly catches her) feeling dizzy due to the small pocket of time being placed around them. La Forge beams the three directly to the bridge of the ''Enterprise''.
   
The three officers materialise on the bridge that has taken some damage and three [[Romulan]]s are present, all armed with disruptors. They spread apart with Data moving to [[Ops]], Deanna moving over to Riker, who appears to have fallen with a Romulan in front of him and Picard walks over to the command region of the bridge. Although none of the consoles function, objects in the time frame can be moved and the console at Ops reads that there is a massive power surge coming from [[Main engineering]]. Picard moves to [[tactical]] and reads from the console that [[security]] teams have been despatched to both [[Transporter room]] Three and sickbay. Picard tells Data to go to Main engineering to determine the cause of the power surge and for [[Image:Timescape_-_Crusher_Death.jpg|thumb|200px|Counselor Troi makes a horrifying discovery in sickbay.]]Deanna to go to sickbay while he will go to Transporter room Three. Picard orders Geordi to transport the three of them to their respective destinations but he advises against it due to the power drain imposed both by the transporters and the subspace fields. Picard understands and the three go to their destinations through the [[Jefferies tube]]s.
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[[File:Crusher hit by disruptor beam.jpg|thumb|Counselor Troi makes a horrifying discovery in sickbay]]
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The three officers materialize on the bridge that has taken some damage and three [[Romulan]]s are present, all armed with disruptors. They spread apart with Data moving to the [[operations officer]] station, Troi moving over to Riker, who appears to have fallen with a Romulan in front of him and Picard walks over to the command region of the bridge. Although none of the consoles function, objects in the time frame can be moved and the console at Ops reads that there is a massive power surge coming from [[main engineering]]. Picard moves to [[tactical]] and reads from the console that [[security]] teams have been dispatched to both [[Transporter room]] Three and [[sickbay]]. Picard tells Data to go to main engineering to determine the cause of the power surge and for Troi to go to sickbay while he will go to Transporter room Three. Picard orders La Forge to transport the three of them to their respective destinations but he advises against it due to the power drain imposed both by the [[transporter]]s and the subspace fields. Picard understands and the three go to their destinations through the [[Jefferies tube]]s.
   
Deanna makes her way to sickbay and finds several Romulans, medical and security staff all looking at a central point and when she turns to see the centre of attention, she is horrified to see that Beverly has been hit by a disruptor blast at point blank range - should the time frame return to normal, there is no way that she can survive. Deanna runs out in shock but after she exits the room, a Romulan woman blinks and looks around, somewhat relieved that she was not spotted.
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Troi makes her way to sickbay and finds several Romulans and medical and security staff all looking at a central point, and when she turns to see the center of attention, she is horrified to see that Dr. Crusher has been hit by a disruptor blast at point blank range; should the time frame return to normal, there is no way that she can survive. Troi runs out in shock but after she exits the room, a Romulan woman blinks and looks around, somewhat relieved that she was not spotted.
   
 
===Act Three===
 
===Act Three===
Captain Picard walks in to Transporter Room Three and sees three Romulans on the transporter pad, all unarmed. He then walks over to the transporter console, being manned by Mr. Worf and Deanna walks in, still startled by Beverly's imminent death. He tells Deanna that Worf just beamed three Romulans over and another three to sickbay but he is confused as to why Romulans are being beamed aboard in the middle of a battle and why the Romulans are unarmed. Deanna interrupts the Captain and informs him of what she has just seen in sickbay and Data calls Picard asking that he and Deanna come to engineering immediately - it is urgent.
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Captain Picard walks into Transporter Room Three and sees three Romulans on the transporter pad, all unarmed. He then walks over to the transporter console, being manned by Worf, and Troi walks in, still stunned by Dr. Crusher's imminent death. He tells Troi that Worf just beamed three Romulans over and another three to sickbay but he is confused as to why Romulans are being beamed aboard in the middle of a battle and why the Romulans are unarmed. Troi interrupts the captain and informs him of what she has just seen in sickbay and Data calls Picard asking that he and Troi come to engineering immediately &ndash; it is urgent.
   
As Picard and Deanna arrive in engineering, Picard asks what the problem is. Data replies saying that he has found the cause of the power surge - a [[warp core breach]] is in progress. The core breach is at its flashpoint (a large, motionless cloud has formed from the warp core) but it is also expanding. Picard is confused and thought that time was suspended but Data has determined that time is moving but at an almost immeasurably slow rate and that they failed to realise this because their first conclusion was merely based on the observations of the crew but a warp core breach moves at a substantially faster rate than almost anything else. [[Image:Timescape_-_Core_Breach_Flashpoint.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Picard looks in astonishment at the flashpoint of a warp core breach.]]Data then says that based on the rate of the cloud's expansion that it will destroy the ''Enterprise'' in nine hours and seventeen minutes. With concern for his ship, Picard asks what can be done to stop the breach but unfortunately it is no longer a matter of stopping the breach as it has already happened and the fact that it is moving so slowly changes nothing. Picard studies the breach in astonishment while Deanna asks Data what caused the breach. Data does not know but the consoles in engineering show that the ''Enterprise'' was performing a power transfer to the Romulan warbird at the moment that time slowed down. Deanna wonders why the ''Enterprise'' would be sending power to the Romulans and Data suggests going over to the Romulan ship to find out but Picard starts to laugh and Data and Deanna turn to see what he finds so amusing. The Captain has just drawn a smiley face into the cloud but he stops laughing and falls back in to the wall behind him - something is wrong. Data and Deanna rush over to him and Picard says that he feels dizzy and starts laughing again but as Data reaches for him, Picard pulls away and panics uncontrollably and Deanna calls Geordi to beam them back to the runabout immediately.
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As Picard and Troi arrive in engineering, Picard asks what the problem is. Data replies saying that he has found the cause of the power surge &ndash; a [[warp core breach]] is in progress. The core breach is at its flash point (a large, motionless cloud has formed from the [[warp core]]) but it is also expanding. Picard is confused and thought that time was suspended but Data has determined that time is moving but at an almost immeasurably slow rate and that they failed to realize this because their first conclusion was merely based on the observations of the crew, but a warp core breach moves at a substantially faster rate than any other event on the ship.
   
Picard (looking exhausted), Data and Deanna are back on the runabout while Geordi checks Picard's armband. He realises that the Captain wasn't completely protected from the effects of the other time frame and Data compares what Picard [[temporal narcosis|experienced]] with [[nitrogen narcosis]]. Nothing more can be done to give better protection from the time frame and Geordi suggests limiting the time they spend on each trip and always staying together. The next course of action is to find out why the ''Enterprise'' was transferring power over to the Romulan warbird and Picard wants to begin the search in the engine room of the warbird and asks for Deanna's input as she spent some time on a Romulan warbird previously ([[TNG]]: "[[Face of the Enemy]]") but he feels dizzy again and Deanna suggests that he stay onboard the runabout and have Geordi go instead. Picard reluctantly agrees but allows them to go for no more than ten minutes.
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[[File:Picard views flashpoint of core breach.jpg|thumb|left|Picard looks in astonishment at the flash point of a warp core breach]]Data then says that based on the rate of the cloud's expansion that it will destroy the ''Enterprise'' in nine hours and seventeen minutes. With concern for his ship, Picard asks what can be done to stop the breach but unfortunately it is no longer a matter of stopping the breach as it has already happened and the fact that it is moving so slowly changes nothing.
   
[[Image:ArtificialQuantumSingularity.jpg|thumb|200px|An aperture in the space-time continuum within an ''artificial quantum singularity'']]
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Picard studies the breach in astonishment while Troi asks Data what caused the breach. Data does not know but the consoles in engineering show that the ''Enterprise'' was performing a power transfer to the Romulan warbird at the moment that time slowed down. Troi wonders why the ''Enterprise'' would be sending power to the Romulans and Data suggests going over to the Romulan ship to find out but Picard bursts into laughter and Data and Troi turn to see what he finds so amusing. The captain has just drawn a smiley face in the cloud but he stops laughing and falls back in to the wall behind him &ndash; something is wrong. Data and Troi rush over to him and Picard says that he feels dizzy and starts laughing again but as Data reaches for him, Picard pulls away and panics uncontrollably and Troi calls La Forge to beam them back to the runabout immediately.
When Data, Geordi and Deanna materialise in the Romulan engine room, Deanna points Geordi over to a power utilisation monitor that he'd find of use then she and Data walk over to another monitor where Data finds something peculiar - the crew is not at Battle Stations but rather at Evacuation Alert. Geordi calls them over and tells them that there is an energy feedback in the power transfer beam and that it was probably what overloaded the warp engines of the ''Enterprise'' causing the warp core breach. Data considers that the Romulans caused the feedback to destroy the ''Enterprise'' but Geordi does not believe so - the console suggests that they were trying to stop the power transfer. Deanna realises that the more they learn, the less that the situation looks like a Romulan attack. Geordi suggests looking at their engine power output but Data says that the engine core is completely inactive - something that should be impossible as the Romulans use an [[artificial quantum singularity]] as the power source on [[D'deridex class]] vessels; once it has been activated, it cannot be shut down.
 
   
Geordi opens the hatch of the engine core for a closer look. He looks inside and believes that he has found the cause of the problem. [[Image:Timescape_-_Enterprise_Destroyed.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Picard witnesses the destruction of the ''Enterprise''-D]]There is a vortex within the singularity with several dark spots inside it. As Data scans the vortex he reveals that it is a focused aperture in the space-time continuum. Its energy signature matches that of the temporal fragments that they encountered previously but it is more than a million times more intense and it is likely to be the origin of the temporal fragmentation. The dark spots within the aperture produce complex bio-electric patterns, possibly a life form but before Data can make further observations the aperture fluctuates. As it fluctuates, the time frame returns to normal and the Romulan officers speak and walk between stations but all of the Romulans but one pay no attention to the Starfleet officers.
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Picard (looking exhausted), Data and Troi are back on the runabout while La Forge checks Picard's armband. He realizes that the captain wasn't completely protected from the effects of the other time frame and Data compares what Picard [[temporal narcosis|experienced]] with [[nitrogen narcosis]]. Nothing more can be done to give better protection from the time frame and La Forge suggests limiting the time they spend on each trip and always staying together. The next course of action is to find out why the ''Enterprise'' was transferring power over to the Romulan warbird and Picard wants to begin the search in the engine room of the warbird and asks for Troi's input, as she spent some time on a Romulan warbird previously ({{TNG|Face of the Enemy}}) but he feels dizzy again and Troi suggests that he stay on board the runabout and have La Forge go instead. Picard reluctantly agrees but allows them to go for no more than ten minutes.
   
Picard watches the action return to normal but he sees the ''Enterprise'' explode from the warp core breach but time reverses and the ''Enterprise'' comes back together. Back on the Romulan warbird, the Romulan officers' actions are going in reverse then they stop at the exact same point before the aperture fluctuated.
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[[File:Quantum singularity lifeforms young.jpg|thumb|An aperture in the space-time continuum within an artificial quantum singularity]]
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When Data, La Forge and Troi materialize in the Romulan engine room, Troi points La Forge over to a power utilization monitor that he'd find of use, then she and Data walk over to another monitor where Data finds something peculiar &ndash; the crew is not at battle stations but rather at evacuation alert. La Forge calls them over and tells them that there is an energy feedback in the power transfer beam and that it was probably what overloaded the warp engines of the ''Enterprise'', causing the warp core breach. Data considers that the Romulans caused the feedback to destroy the ''Enterprise'' but La Forge does not believe so &ndash; the console suggests that they were trying to stop the power transfer. Troi realizes that the more they learn, the less that the situation looks like a Romulan attack. La Forge suggests looking at their engine power output but Data says that the engine core is completely inactive &ndash; something that should be impossible as the Romulans use an [[artificial quantum singularity]] as the power source on ''D'deridex''-class vessels; once it has been activated, it cannot be shut down.
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La Forge opens the hatch of the engine core for a closer look. He looks inside and believes that he has found the cause of the problem. There is a vortex within the singularity with several dark spots inside it. As Data scans the vortex he reveals that it is a focused aperture in the space-time continuum.
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[[File:Picard watches Enterprise-D explode.jpg|thumb|left|Picard witnesses the destruction of the ''Enterprise''-D]]
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Its energy signature matches that of the temporal fragments that they encountered previously but it is more than a million times more intense and it is likely to be the origin of the temporal fragmentation. The dark spots within the aperture produce complex bio-electric patterns, possibly those of a life form, but before Data can make further observations the aperture fluctuates. As it fluctuates, the time frame returns to normal, the Romulan officers speak and walk between stations, and all but one of the Romulans pay no attention to the [[Starfleet]] officers.
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As the time returns to normal speed, Picard sees the ''Enterprise'' explode from the warp core breach. Suddenly time reverses and the ''Enterprise'' comes back together. Back on the Romulan warbird, the Romulan officers' actions are going in reverse then they stop at the exact same point before the aperture fluctuated.
   
 
===Act Four===
 
===Act Four===
Moments later, the three officers are speaking to Captain Picard through the com and Data believes that the emissions from his tricorder caused the activation of the aperture and advises against any further exposure. He adds that the Romulans were trying to eject their engine core. Deanna adds that there was some sort of energy feedback and Geordi believes that they were trying to stop the feedback in anyway they could. Geordi reads one of the engineering consoles to try to determine what was happening on the bridge but he notices something unusual. He soon realises that a Romulan (the same Romulan who noticed them when time briefly returned to normal) is in a space that was empty before but when he asks Data if he was there before, the Romulan attacks Geordi and they both fall back. Data and Deanna run over to Geordi who is now dying from neural shock but there is too little time to send him back to the runabout to treat him and Deanna removes his armband to slow down the neural shock. She asks Data if the Romulan is alive but after scanning him Data says that he is alive but he is not sure that the man is a Romulan.
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Moments later, the three officers are speaking to Captain Picard through the com and Data believes that the emissions from his tricorder caused the activation of the aperture and advises against any further exposure. He adds that the Romulans were trying to eject their engine core. Troi adds that there was some sort of energy feedback and La Forge believes that they were trying to stop the feedback in any way they could. La Forge reads one of the engineering consoles to try to determine what was happening on the bridge but he notices something unusual. He soon realizes that a Romulan (the same Romulan who noticed them when time briefly returned to normal) is in a space that was empty before but when he asks Data if he was there before, the Romulan attacks La Forge and they both fall back. Data and Troi run over to La Forge who is now dying from [[neural shock]] but there is too little time to send him back to the runabout to treat him and Troi removes his armband to slow down the neural shock. She asks Data if the Romulan is alive but after scanning him Data says that he is alive but he is not sure that the man is a Romulan.
   
[[Image:Timescape_-_Geordi_Attacked.jpg|thumb|200px|Geordi is attacked by an alien-possessed Romulan]]
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[[File:Geordi attacked by quantum singularity lifeform.jpg|thumb|La Forge is attacked by an alien disguised as a Romulan]]
Onboard the runabout, Picard, Data and Deanna are standing around one of the beds in the cabin, on which the "Romulan" alien is lying unconscious. Data's scan of the alien show that his cellular structure does not conform to any known species and that his bio-electric patterns are in a state of [[temporal flux]]. He doubts that the alien is native to their time continuum. Picard asks to see Data's readings of the organic matter that he found inside the aperture. Picard and Data look at a bio-spectral analysis of the aperture on the monitor and find that the bio-electric patterns of the organic matter are similar to those of the alien on the bed but they are much less complex and that the cellular structures of the organic matter are in a state of cellular mitosis - it may be an embryo. The alien awakes and Picard asks him who he is. The alien replies saying that he assumed the body of the Romulan in order to survive in this time continuum but he struggles to speak. He adds that he has come to this time continuum to save their young that are trapped inside the artificial "gravity well" and that they are dying - the alien is referring to the Romulan engine core but as he speaks, his body starts to phase and Data scans him finding that his molecular structure is destabilising. Picard asks how the alien's young became trapped inside the singularity. The alien replies that they needed a natural [[quantum singularity]] to incubate their young but they mistook the Romulan one, which is artificial, for a natural one. Deanna, Picard and Data soon piece together the puzzle - when the alien young were nested in the singularity, it shut down so the Romulans sent out a distress call and the Enterprise responded, finding the Romulan ship suffering from an apparent engine failure and began a power transfer. However when the power transfer beam made contact with the alien "nest" it disrupted the space-time continuum and threatened the lives of the young, forcing the alien to fire upon the ''Enterprise'' to stop the power transfer. The alien reveals that there is another alien like him but before he can give any more information, he disappears completely. Picard, Data and Deanna are now on their own to find the other alien.
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On board the runabout, Picard, Data and Troi are standing around one of the beds in the cabin, on which the "Romulan" alien is lying unconscious. Data's scan of the alien show that his cellular structure does not conform to any known species and that his bio-electric patterns are in a state of [[temporal flux]]. He doubts that the alien is native to their time continuum. Picard asks to see Data's readings of the organic matter that he found inside the aperture. Picard and Data look at a [[bio-spectral analysis]] of the aperture on the monitor and find that the bio-electric patterns of the organic matter are similar to those of the alien on the bed but they are much less complex and that the cellular structures of the organic matter are in a state of cellular [[mitosis]] &ndash; it may be an embryo.
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The alien awakes and Picard asks him who he is. The alien replies saying that he assumed the body of the Romulan in order to survive in this time continuum but he struggles to speak. He adds that he has come to this time continuum to save their young that are trapped inside the artificial "gravity well" and that they are dying &ndash; the alien is referring to the Romulan engine core but as he speaks, his body starts to phase and Data scans him finding that his molecular structure is destabilizing. Picard asks how the alien's young became trapped inside the singularity. The alien replies that they needed a natural [[quantum singularity]] to incubate their young. They used the Romulan singularity, which is artificial, hoping that it would suffice but it failed. Troi, Picard and Data soon piece together the puzzle &ndash; when the alien young were nested in the singularity, it shut down so the Romulans sent out a distress call and the ''Enterprise'' responded, finding the Romulan ship suffering from an apparent engine failure and began a power transfer. However when the power transfer beam made contact with the alien "nest" it disrupted the space-time continuum and threatened the lives of the young, forcing the alien to fire upon the ''Enterprise'' to stop the power transfer. The alien reveals that there is another alien like him but before he can give any more information, he disappears completely. Picard, Data and Troi are now on their own to find the other alien.
   
 
===Act Five===
 
===Act Five===
A few minutes later, Picard is frustrated with the imminent destruction of the ''Enterprise'' (just over seven hours away) and asks Data if the entire warp core can be beamed in to space but it would require surrounding the entire core with a subspace isolation field and the runabout cannot generate so large a field. Picard then thinks and mentions when the tricorder emissions caused time to go forward and then backward and asks if the opposite effect can be achieved with time going backward then forward. Deanna catches on to the idea and suggests running time back to a point before the core breach and prevent the power transfer so that when time rolls forward again, the core breach will never happen. Data believes that it is possible to put the theory into practice by re-modulating the delta-band emissions of his tricorder to produce the desired effect. Picard gives the go-ahead, knowing that timing will be critical as there will be little time to prevent the power transfer.
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A few minutes later, Picard is frustrated that the destruction of the ''Enterprise'' is imminent (just over seven hours away) and asks Data if the entire warp core can be beamed into space. He is told it would require surrounding the entire core with a subspace isolation field. The runabout cannot generate a large enough field. Picard then mentions that the tricorder emissions caused time to go forward and then backward and asks if the opposite effect can be achieved with time going backward then forward. Troi catches onto the idea and suggests running time back to a point before the core breach and preventing the power transfer so that when time rolls forward again, the core breach will never happen. Data believes that it is possible to put the theory into practice by re-modulating the delta-band emissions of his tricorder to produce the desired effect. Picard gives the go-ahead, knowing that timing will be critical since there will be little time to prevent the power transfer.
   
:''Captain's Log, Supplemental. After placing the modified tricoder on the Romulan ship, we have returned to the Enterprise.''
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:"''Captain's Log, Supplemental. After placing the modified tricorder on the Romulan ship, we have returned to the ''Enterprise''.''"
   
The three officers are all in position - Data is main engineering standing by the pool table, Picard is on the bridge by the aft science station and Deanna is in sickbay with her phaser drawn aimed at the Romulan firing at Beverly. Unknown to Deanna, the "Romulan" woman (the second alien) who was looking around earlier is absent from sickbay. Data has placed his modified tricorder in front of the aperture and activates it via a [[PADD]]. There is another flash of light and time moves backwards. The disruptor blast that hit Beverly has now reversed into the disruptor and the cloud from the warp core breach has disappeared and Data reports that the breach has been reversed. He stands poised at the pool table to prevent the power transfer but the second alien walks in (unaffected by the time frame) and attacks Data and both of them fall on to the floor. Meanwhile, time returns to normal and goes forwards and just as Data awakes, an Ensign initiates the power transfer. Data attempts to shut down the transfer but it is too late and he raises a Level-3 [[containment field]] around the warp core.
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The three officers are in position &ndash; Data is in main engineering standing by the pool table, Picard is on the bridge by the aft science station, and Troi is in sickbay with her phaser drawn and aimed at the Romulan firing at Dr. Crusher. Unknown to Troi, the "Romulan" woman (the second alien) who was looking around earlier is absent from sickbay. Data has placed his modified tricorder in front of the aperture and activates it via a [[PADD]]. There is another flash of light and time moves backwards. The disruptor blast that hit Dr. Crusher has now reversed and backed into the disruptor. The cloud from the warp core breach has disappeared, and Data reports that the breach has been reversed. He stands poised at the [[:File:Galaxy engineering1.jpg|pool table]] to prevent the power transfer. The second alien walks in (unaffected by the time frame) and attacks Data. They both fall to the floor. Meanwhile, time returns to normal, going forward. Just as Data awakens, an ensign initiates the power transfer. Data attempts to shut down the transfer, but it is too late to do so. He instructs the computer to raise a Level-3 [[containment field]] around the warp core.
   
[[Image:Timescape_-_Runabout_Destruction.jpg|thumb|left|200px|The ''Enterprise''-D runabout is sacrificed to prevent a warp core breach]]
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[[File:Runabout destroyed disrupting power transfer beam.jpg|thumb|left|The runabout interrupts the power transfer between the two ships, but is destroyed in the process]]
The Romulan warbird fires its disruptors at the ''Enterprise'' and on the bridge, Riker is knocked over and a Romulan officer helps him back on his feet and he is surprised to see the Captain but there is no time for Picard to explain how he got back and he orders Riker to continue evacuating the Romulan ship and to beam Geordi (who is still in the Romulan engine room) directly to sickbay. In sickbay, Deanna pulls Beverly out of the way as the Romulan fires his disruptor and aims her phaser at him. Beverly explains to Deanna that he wasn't firing at her. The Romulan officer explains that he was shooting at an alien who had taken Romulan form but the doctor got in the way. Picard asks Data for a report and Data reports that he was attacked by the other alien and that he was unable to prevent the power transfer and because he cannot disengage it, a core breach is again imminent. The ''Enterprise'' cannot move to stop the power transfer because the feedback from the beam would destroy the ship but Picard quickly gets an idea - he has Riker patch him through to remotely control the navigation of the runabout and he navigates the runabout between the ''Enterprise'' and the Romulan ship, interrupting the beam and destroying the runabout in the process. As the runabout explodes, both the second alien and the Romulan warbird disappear. The other results of severing the power transfer are that the warp core breach has been prevented and that the space-time continuum has been restored to normal.
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The Romulan warbird fires its disruptors at the ''Enterprise''. On the bridge, Riker is knocked over and a Romulan officer helps him back to his feet. He is surprised to see the Captain, but there is no time for Picard to explain how he got back. He orders Riker to continue evacuating the Romulan ship and to beam La Forge (who is still in the Romulan engine room) directly to sickbay. In sickbay, Troi pulls Dr. Crusher out of the way as the Romulan fires his disruptor, aiming her phaser at him. Dr. Crusher explains to Troi that he wasn't firing at her. The Romulan officer explains that he was shooting at an alien who had taken Romulan form and the doctor got in the way. Picard asks Data for a report and Data reports that he was attacked by the other alien and that he was unable to prevent the power transfer, so a core breach is again imminent. The ''Enterprise'' cannot move to stop the power transfer because the feedback from the beam would destroy the ship but Picard quickly gets an idea &ndash; he has Riker patch him through to remotely control the navigation of the runabout. He navigates the runabout between the ''Enterprise'' and the Romulan ship, interrupting the beam and destroying the runabout in the process. As the runabout explodes, both the second alien and the Romulan warbird disappear. Severing the power transfer has prevented the warp core breach and restored the space-time continuum to normal.
   
:''Captain's Log, Stardate 46945.3. We successfully evacuated the crew of the Romulan ship. We're on course to the Neutral Zone to bring them home.''
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:"''Captain's Log, Stardate 46945.3. We successfully evacuated the crew of the Romulan ship. We're on course to the [[Romulan Neutral Zone|Neutral Zone]] to bring them home.''"
   
Some time later, Riker arrives at Data's quarters (feeling slightly nervous about Spot) with a PADD telling him that he has worked out new shift rotation schedules and that he wants Data to tell the department heads of the personnel assignments. Data is performing an experiment to try to understand how humans perceive time after hearing how some say that time passes quickly in one instance and slowly in another although he knows that in reality, the passage of time remains fixed. Riker says that the human perception of time differs from person to person and that it varies according to the situation and one's mood. Data has boiled the same water in a kettle more than sixty times and sometimes he watched the kettle intently and at others he ignored it but the water boiled at exactly the same time in each instance and he feels that he is incapable of perceiving time differently from his internal chronometer. However, Riker suggests that Data turn off his internal chronometer and see if his perception of time differs as humans do not have human chronometers. Data thanks Riker for his suggestion and Riker leaves, warning Data of not being late for his night shift in a joking manner.
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Some time later, Riker arrives at [[Data]]'s quarters (feeling slightly nervous about Spot) with a [[PADD]] telling him that he has worked out new shift rotation schedules and that he wants Data to tell the department heads of the personnel assignments. Data is performing an experiment to try to understand how Humans perceive time after hearing how some say that time passes quickly in one instance and slowly in another although he knows that, in reality, the passage of time remains fixed. Riker says that the human perception of time differs from person to person and that it varies according to the situation and one's mood. Data has boiled the same water in a kettle 62 times, sometimes watching the kettle intently and other times ignoring it. The water boiled at exactly the same time in each instance. He feels that he is incapable of perceiving time differently from his internal chronometer. However, Riker suggests that Data turn off his internal chronometer and see if his perception of time differs, as Humans do not have internal chronometers. Data thanks Riker for his suggestion. Riker leaves, jokingly warning Data, "''Just don't be late for your shift!''" Data ponders Riker's advice when suddenly the water in the kettle begins to boil, surprising Data.
   
==Background Information==
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==Memorable quotes==
*This episode features a runabout, a type of spacecraft that was more commonly seen in [[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine]]. The name of the runabout in this episode was never revealed, however. It is simply known as the [[Runabout (Enterprise-D)|Enterprise-D runabout]].
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"''I mean, this is not just a scrape, this is a very deep cut.''"
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*During this episode, Captain Picard references events seen in the TNG episodes "[[Time's Arrow, Part I]]" and "[[Time's Arrow, Part II]]", where a [[subspace forcefield]] was used on [[Devidia II]] and "[[Face of the Enemy]]", where Counsellor Troi was aboard a Romulan warbird for several days.
 
   
*It is revealed in this episode that the Romulans use an [[artificial quantum singularity]] as a power source on their starships in the [[24th century]]. This would explain why the [[warp core]] of the [[Romulan science vessel]] featured in the episode "[[The Next Phase]]" ''imploded'' as opposed to ''exploded''.
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"''[...] you've gotta stop playing Parrises Squares as if you're twenty-one years old. One of these days you're gonna fall and break your neck, and I'm not gonna be able to heal that as easily.''"<br />
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"''I wasn't playing Parrises Squares.''"<br />
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"''Worf's calisthenic program?''"<br />
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"''No.''"<br />
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"''I give up, what was it?''"<br />
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"''I was trying to feed Spot!"<br />
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: - '''Dr. Crusher''' and '''Riker''', about Riker's "injury"
   
==Memorable Quotes==
 
*"You're going to need this." - [[William T Riker|Riker]] to [[Beverly Crusher|Beverly]] on taking care of [[Spot]], throwing her a phaser
 
*"So Diane... I understand you're an empath. I'm a very... sensitive man myself. I'm doing a thesis on intter-species mating rituals... Would you care to join me in some empirical research?" - [[Deanna Troi]], impersonating Dr. [[Mizan]]
 
*"Did you help him with his research, Counselor?" - [[Data]] to Troi
 
:'''"Absolutely not!"''' - Troi
 
:"But I thought it was a topic you were interested in."
 
*"He just kept talking in one long incredibly unbroken sentence moving from topic to topic so that no-one had a chance to interrupt, it was really quite hypnotic." - [[Jean-Luc Picard|Picard]], on Dr. Vassbinder
 
*"It's going to take a little time to explain, Number One." - Picard, to [[William T Riker|Riker]]
 
   
==Links and References==
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"''I hate cats.''"<br />
===Guest Stars===
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"''I love cats. You know, you just gotta know how to handle them.''"
* [[Michael Bofshever]] as Alien in male [[Romulan]] form
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: - '''Riker''' and '''Crusher'''
* [[Patricia Tallman]] as Alien in female [[Romulan]] form
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* [[John DeMita]] as [[Romulan]] in [[Sickbay]]
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* [[Joel Fredericks]] as unnamed [[Ensign]] in [[Engineering]]
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"''You'll need this.''"
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: - '''Riker''', to Dr. Crusher on taking care of Spot, throwing her a phaser
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"''He gathered 200 scientists from all over the Federation and all he did was put us to sleep.''"<br />
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"''I have a memory record of the entire lecture, counselor. I can repeat the portions you missed if you...''"<br />
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"''No, thank you Data.''"
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: - '''Troi''', on Wagner's lecture and '''Data'''
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"''Hello, Diane... I understand you're an empath. I'm a very... (winks unsubtly) sensitive man myself. I'm doing a thesis on inter-species mating rituals... Would you care to join me in some "empirical research"?''"
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: - '''Deanna Troi''', imitating Dr. Mizan
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"''He just kept talking in one long incredibly unbroken sentence moving from topic to topic so that no-one had a chance to interrupt; it was really quite hypnotic.''"
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"''Counselor? Is there something wrong?''"<br />
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"''I'm not sure...''"
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: - '''La Forge''', to '''Troi''' when he unfreezes after he came into contact with a [[temporal fragment]]
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"''It's going to take a little time to explain, Number One.''"
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: - '''Picard''', to Riker
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"''I think this is gonna work. But... it's gonna take some time.''"<br />
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"''Well, Mister La Forge... It would seem that time is what we have plenty of.''"
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"''Excuse me, Mr. Worf.''"
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: - An always proper '''Picard''' to the time frozen [[Klingon]] when examining the [[transporter]] [[console]]
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"''Come in.''"<br />
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(Riker looks around thoroughly) "''Where's that cat of yours?''"<br />
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"''Spot is sleeping, sir. Why do you ask?''"<br />
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"''No reason.''"
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== Background information ==
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=== Story and script ===
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* The plot for this episode was based upon a story by [[Mark Gehred-O'Connell]], who pitched the one-sentence concept of a "ship trapped in time like amber". (''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion]]'' 2nd ed., p. 251; ''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'', p. 102)
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*Gehred-O'Connell commented: "''In my original idea, neither ship was the ''Enterprise''. My story involved the ''Enterprise'' coming across two other ships in this situation and having to diffuse it because it endangered the whole sector. But when I pitched the story, Brannnon blurted out, 'Oh no, one of those ships has to be the ''Enterprise''!' The minute I started in, I could tell the wheels were already turning in his mind''". Gehred-O'Connell was unable to work any further on the script as the episode was rushed into production when another script was jettisoned. (''[[The Official Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Magazine]]'' Vol. 10)
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* [[Brannon Braga]] developed the pitch after another story was scrapped. He sought to out-do his previous {{e|Cause and Effect}} by providing an even more unusual time-travel story. He noted, "''This is 'Cause & Effect' times ten. Time is not only looping, it's moving backwards, accelerating and stopping and moving backwards.''" (''[[Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages]]'', p. 280) Elsewhere, he added, "''I wanted to do this as 'man against nature,' or 'man against time'. What ''{{w|The Abyss}}'' was to deep-sea diving, this would be to 'deep-time diving'.''" Consequently, an early title for the episode was "Deep Time". (''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion]]'' 2nd ed., p. 251)
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* The names of two of the conference speakers are in-jokes &ndash; [[Wagner]] was named after a one-time date of Braga, while [[Vassbinder]] was named after one of his high-school teachers. (''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion]]'' 2nd ed., p. 251)
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* The final draft script was submitted on {{d|18|March|1993}}.
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=== Production ===
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* From the outset, it was known that this episode would be extremely complex to produce. Braga remarked, "''As I was writing it, I was thinking there's no way.''" [[Jeri Taylor]] recalled, "''It was absolutely bizarre. It's full of opticals and complicated sequences. Do you do split screen? Do you do blue screen? Do you do anthromorphic lenses?''" (''[[Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages]]'', p. 280)
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* The challenge was given to director [[Adam Nimoy]], who had previously directed {{e|Rascals}}. [[Rick Berman]] recalled, "''My feeling was that nobody should be asked to be judged on a work that was so unusual in terms of having to come in and direct these kids. I basically said I would like to give him another shot to work with adults.''" (''[[Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages]]'', p. 280)
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* [[David Livingston]] stated, "''I think this is the longest optical memo we have ever had. It [was] over six pages long. Adam was very specific about what he wanted and I knew he was going to do great on it. He's got [[Leonard Nimoy|good genes]].''" (''[[Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages]]'', p. 280)
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* Nimoy endeavored to bring to life what he referred to as the "eerie ambience" of the teleplay. His favorite moments of the show were the frozen-time reaction and reveal shots aboard the runabout, which Nimoy said were inspired by German impressionistic films such as ''The Hands of Orlac(1924)''. (''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion]]'' 2nd ed., p. 251)
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* Nimoy observed, "''It was very different. I relied a lot on the special effects guys in an attempt to keep what I thought was the drama of the scene and deal with the restrictions that special effects put on you in terms of what you can do with the actors while also using those effects to maximum dramatic capacity to make it work with the scene. It's a whole different mindset. I'm learning a lot from these guys.''" (''[[Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages]]'', p. 280)
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* This episode features a runabout, a type of spacecraft that was more commonly seen in ''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine]]''. The name of the runabout in this episode was never revealed, however. It is simply known as the [[Runabout (Enterprise-D)|''Enterprise''-D runabout]], although reused footage from DS9 gives the ship the USS ''Rio Grande''{{'}}s registry (NCC-72452). The interior aft set was built on the budget of ''The Next Generation'' to help its sister show; ironically, it was never shown on DS9. Set designer [[Richard James]] and set decorator [[Jim Mees]] noted that while the cockpit had been created over seven weeks, they had only nine days to design and build the set, requiring the crew to work around the clock. (''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion]]'' 2nd ed., p. 251)
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* First UK airdate: 27 December 1995
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=== Continuity ===
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* During this episode, Captain Picard references events seen in the [[TNG]] episodes {{e|Time's Arrow}} and {{e|Time's Arrow, Part II}}, when a [[subspace force field]] was used on [[Devidia II]], and the episode {{e|Face of the Enemy}}, when Counselor Troi was aboard a Romulan warbird for several days.
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* This episode featured the second and final use of [[emergency transporter armband|emergency transporter armbands]] in TNG (the first was in [[The Best of Both Worlds, Part II (episode)|The Best of Both Worlds, Part II]]). They would be later used in the ''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine]]'' episode {{e|Visionary}}.
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* Dr. [[Vassbinder]] would later be referenced by [[Wesley Crusher]] in the episode {{e|Journey's End}}, and by [[Chakotay]] in the ''[[Star Trek: Voyager]]'' episode {{e|Year of Hell, Part II}} .
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* This is the second time we see the ''Enterprise''-D supplying a Romulan vessel with power via a [[power transfer beam]]. The first was in {{e|The Next Phase}}. In both cases, an enemy deliberately induced feedback along the beam that almost resulted in the destruction of ''Enterprise''.
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* This is the third episode in which we see the ''Enterprise''-D destroyed. The previous two occasions were also in episodes with temporal disturbances: {{e|Time Squared}} and {{e|Cause and Effect}}.
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* While discussing the freezing of time with Picard, Troi uses [[plexing]], the Betazoid relaxation technique she had taught to [[Reginald Barclay|Lt. Barclay]] in {{e|Realm of Fear}}.
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=== Video and DVD releases ===
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* UK VHS release (two-episode tapes, [[CIC Video]]): Volume 76, <!--catalogue number x, -->{{d|10|January|1994}}.
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* As part of the [[TNG Season 6 DVD]] collection.
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== Links and references ==
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=== Starring ===
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* [[Patrick Stewart]] as [[Captain|Capt.]] [[Jean-Luc Picard]]
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* [[Jonathan Frakes]] as [[Commander|Cmdr.]] [[William T. Riker|William Riker]]
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=== Also starring ===
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* [[LeVar Burton]] as [[Lieutenant Commander|Lt. Cmdr.]] [[Geordi La Forge]]
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* [[Michael Dorn]] as [[Lieutenant]] [[Worf]]
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* [[Gates McFadden]] as [[Doctor|Dr.]] [[Beverly Crusher]]
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* [[Marina Sirtis]] as [[Counselor]] [[Deanna Troi]]
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* [[Brent Spiner]] as [[Lieutenant Commander|Lt. Commander]] [[Data]]
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=== Guest star ===
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* [[Michael Bofshever]] as [[Quantum singularity lifeforms#Male in Romulan form|male alien]]
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=== Co-stars ===
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* [[John DeMita]] as [[Unnamed Romulans (24th century)#Romulan officer (2369)|Romulan]]
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* [[Joel Fredericks]] as [[Unnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) operations division personnel#Engineer Ensign (2369)|Engineer]]
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=== Uncredited co-stars ===
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* [[Majel Barrett]] as [[Unnamed Danube class starships#Transport to the Enterprise-D|Runabout]] and ''Enterprise''-D [[computer voice]]
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* [[Steve Blalock]] as [[Unnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) personnel#Engineer/ Conn ensign|command division ensign]]
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* [[Steven Boz]] as [[Unnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) operations division personnel#Security ensign (2369)|operations division ensign]]
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* [[Michael Braveheart]] as [[Martinez]]
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* [[Tracee Lee Cocco]] as [[Jae]]
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* [[Elliot Durant III]] as [[Unnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) operations division personnel#Operations division Ensign|operations division ensign]]
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* [[Kerry Hoyt]] as [[Unnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) operations division personnel#Relief tactical ensign (2369-2371)|operations division ensign]]
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* [[Kathy]] as [[Towles]]
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* [[Lorine Mendell]] as [[Diana Giddings]]
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* [[Michael Moorehead]] as [[Unnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) sciences division personnel#Bridge science ensign|science division ensign]]
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* [[Sissy Sessions]] as [[Unnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) operations division personnel#Transporter Ensign (2369)|operations division ensign]]
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* [[Leatrim Stang]] as [[Unnamed Romulans (24th century)#Romulan officer|Romulan officer]]
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* [[Noriko Suzuki]] as [[Unnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) operations division personnel#Female engineer|operations division ensign]]
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* [[Patricia Tallman]] as [[Quantum singularity lifeforms#Female in Romulan form|female alien]]
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* [[Mikki Val]] as [[Unnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) operations division personnel#Female engineer (2367-2370)|operations division officer]]
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* [[Guy Vardaman]] as [[Unnamed Romulans (24th century)#Frozen Romulan officers|Romulan officer]]
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* [[Unknown performers]] as
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** [[Unnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) operations division personnel#Female security ensign|Female operations division ensign]]
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** [[Unnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) operations division personnel#Frozen engineer|Female operations division officer]]
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** [[Unnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) sciences division personnel#Science division officer (2367-2369)|Female science division officer]]
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** [[Unnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) operations division personnel#Frozen security officer|Operations division officer]]
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** [[Unnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) operations division personnel#Relief tactical officer (2369)|Operations division officer]]
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** [[Unnamed Romulans (24th century)#Frozen Romulan officers|Seven Romulan officers]]
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** [[Unnamed Romulans (24th century)#Frozen Romulan officers|Three Romulan officers (voice)]]
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=== Stunt doubles ===
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* [[Irving E. Lewis]] as [[stunt double]] for [[LeVar Burton]]
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* [[Tom Morga]] as stunt double for [[Michael Bofshever]]
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* [[Brian J. Williams]] as stunt double for [[Brent Spiner]]
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=== Stand-ins ===
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* [[David Keith Anderson]] - [[stand-in]] for [[LeVar Burton]]
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* [[Carl David Burks]] - stand-in for [[Brent Spiner]]
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* [[Michael Echols]] - stand-in for [[Michael Dorn]]
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* [[Nora Leonhardt]] - stand-in for [[Marina Sirtis]]
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* [[Lorine Mendell]] - stand-in for [[Gates McFadden]]
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* [[Richard Sarstedt]] - stand-in for Jonathan Frakes
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* [[Dennis Tracy]] - stand-in for [[Patrick Stewart]]
   
 
===References===
 
===References===
[[47]]; [[antimatter]]; [[artificial quantum singularity]]; [[D'deridex class]]; [[dermal regenerator]]; [[Devidia II]]; [[disruptor]]; [[emergency transporter armband]]; [[Inter-species reproduction]]; [[Klingon calisthenics program]]; [[medical tricorder]]; [[nitrogen narcosis]]; [[Parrises squares]]; [[psychology]]; [[physiognomy]]; [[plasma conversion sensor]]; [[runabout]]; [[Runabout (Enterprise-D)]]; [[Spot]]; [[subspace]]; [[temporal fragment]]; [[temporal narcosis]]; [[tricorder]]; [[Vassbinder]]; [[warp core breach]]; [[warp nacelle]]s
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[[47]]; [[antimatter]]; [[antimatter pod]]; [[artificial quantum singularity]]; [[automatic helm control]]; [[battle stations]]; [[bioelectric pattern]]; [[bioscan]]; [[biospectral analysis]]; [[black hole]]; [[Captain's log, USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D), 2369|Captain's log]]; [[cell (biology)|cell]]; [[conn]]; [[containment field]]; {{class|D'deridex}}; [[deep sea diver]]; [[deep space assignment]]; [[deflector array]]; [[delta band emission]]; [[dermal regenerator]]; [[Devidia II]]; [[distress call]]; [[dizziness]]; [[energy pattern]]; [[Federation]]; [[fuel]]; [[fuel consumption log]]; [[fruit]]; [[emergency transporter armband]]; [[empath]]; [[Runabout (Enterprise-D)|''Enterprise''-D runabout]]; [[evacuation alert]]; [[gravity well]]; [[internal chronometer]]; [[interspecies mating ritual]]s; [[Jefferies tube]]; [[Klingon calisthenics program]]; [[Ktarian]]; [[lateral thruster]]; [[life support]]; [[long range sensor]]; [[main engineering]]; [[Marrab sector]]; [[medical tricorder]]; [[memory record]]; [[mitosis]]; [[Mizan]]; [[navigational scan]]; [[neural shock]]; [[nitrogen narcosis]]; [[Parrises squares]]; [[phase discriminator]]; [[phaser]]; [[phylobiology]]; [[physiognomy]]; [[plasma conversion sensor]]; [[plasma field]]; [[plexing]]; [[power transfer beam]]; [[power utilization monitor]]; [[psychological conference]]; [[psychology]]; [[rapier]]; [[red alert]]; [[Romulan]]; [[Romulan disruptor]]; [[Romulan Neutral Zone]]; [[runabout]]; [[sensor log]]; [[shields]]; [[sickbay]]; [[space-time continuum]]; [[Spot]]; [[subspace]]; [[subspace emitter]]; [[subspace field]]; [[subspace force field]]; [[tea]]; [[temporal anomaly]]; [[temporal fragment]]; [[temporal narcosis]]; [[transporter room#Transporter Room 3|transporter room 3]]; [[tricorder]]; [[Vassbinder]]; [[violin]]; [[Wagner]]; [[warp core]]; [[warp core breach]]; [[warp nacelle]]
   
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"Timescape"
TNG, Episode 6x25
Production number: 40276-251
First aired: 14 June 1993
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Picard experiencing temporal narcosis
Written By
Brannon Braga

Directed By
Adam Nimoy
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Aboard a runabout, Picard, Data, La Forge, and Troi encounter time distortions; they also discover the Enterprise, frozen in time, seconds away from destruction.

SummaryEdit

Riker injured by Spot

Cmdr. Riker is treated after being attacked by Spot

TeaserEdit

Commander Riker is sitting on one of the beds in sickbay with two deep cuts on his forehead. As Dr. Crusher scans the cuts with a medical tricorder, she says that it serves him right for playing parrises squares like he was twenty-one. She warns that next time he injures himself, she may not be able to treat him. Riker tells her that he wasn't playing parrises squares, however. Dr. Crusher then guesses that he was injured in one of Worf's calisthenics programs, but again she is wrong. Riker tells her that it was, in fact, Spot who injured him – Riker had promised to feed Data's cat while he was away (even though he hates cats) and was attacked while going to feed Spot. Because of this, Riker suggests that Dr. Crusher feed Spot, and the doctor says she'd be happy to. Riker is then called to the bridge by Lt. Worf on the intercom. As Riker leaves sickbay for the bridge, he tosses Dr. Crusher a hand phaser, half-joking that she'd need it to feed Spot.

As Riker enters the bridge, Worf informs him that they have picked up a distress call on the long range sensors. It is from a Romulan ship, claiming that they have suffered a total engine failure, falling power levels, and failing life support. Although there are signs that the distress call is a trap, Federation policy is to give the benefit of the doubt in these situations. Since the USS Enterprise-D won't rendezvous with Captain Picard's runabout for another thirteen hours, Riker orders a course to meet with the Romulan ship. As a precaution, he orders the shields raised and issues a red alert.

"Captain's Log, Stardate 46944.2. Commander Data, Mr. La Forge, Counselor Troi, and I are en route to the Enterprise, after attending a three-day conference on the psychological effects of long-term deep space assignments."
Danube class, aft section

Picard, Data and La Forge freeze

Captain Picard and Lt. Cmdrs. Data, La Forge, and Counselor Troi are aboard a runabout heading back to rendezvous with the Enterprise. Data turns helm control of the runabout over to the computer and joins Picard, La Forge, and Troi, who are sitting at a table finishing their lunches and discussing their thoughts about the conference. Troi talks about a Ktarian scientist, Dr. Mizan, who wanted her to join him in "empirical research" on inter-species reproduction. Other than her encounter with Dr. Mizan, Troi was bored at the conference, as there was little opportunity for those attending a seminar to give their views. The lecturer was the only one with freedom to speak.

Picard's experiences were no better – he attended the physiognomy workshop where the lecturer, Dr. Vassbinder, spent an hour giving a dissertation on the ionization effect of warp nacelles, until he realized that the topic was supposed to be psychology. As with Troi, nobody could tell the instructor of his mistake, as he never gave anyone the opportunity to speak. La Forge, on the other hand, enjoyed his time at the warp energy symposium where he was able to touch a plasma field. Halfway through speaking, he, Data, and Picard freeze for no apparent reason. Troi is surprised by the sudden stop in the others' movements, but in a matter of seconds, they resume as if nothing had happened. La Forge notices that Troi is somewhat shaken by something and asks her if something is wrong. She isn't sure.

Act OneEdit

While La Forge scans Picard and the Counselor with a tricorder, Troi recalls what has happened, but she can't explain the event. La Forge's tricorder scans turn up inconclusive. If something did happen to them, no residual traces were left. Also, Data's memory showed no pause at the time when he froze. Furthermore, since Data's internal chronometer and the computer are perfectly synchronized, there appears to be no temporal discrepancy, but La Forge suggests running a ship-wide diagnostic to see if there was anything that they missed. Data agrees and goes with La Forge to the runabout cockpit. Picard asks Troi to describe exactly what happened when they appeared to freeze. She does so, adding that she was probably just tired and seeing things. In the blink of an eye, however, she is surrounded by all three officers. Troi jumps up in surprise, notices La Forge scanning her and asks what happened. Data explains that she appeared to be motionless for just over three minutes – much like she had described the other three previously. La Forge then finds something unusual on the tricorder – the two scans of Troi were taken twenty-three minutes apart, but, according to her rate of cellular decay, she has only aged twenty minutes. Picard asks what could account for the discrepancy, but La Forge does not know. He states that it was as if time stopped for three minutes for the counselor. The captain is unwilling to take any more risks. He orders Data to contact the Enterprise, telling Riker to come to the rendezvous point as soon as possible to scan the anomalies. La Forge leaves to check the sensor logs. Data reports that the Enterprise is not answering the hail because the flagship is beyond sensor range; Picard orders an increase in speed to reach the rendezvous coordinates more quickly.

While Data and La Forge are piloting the runabout, Data reads that there is an engine failure which makes the ship violently jolt and veer to the right. The starboard warp nacelle has just stopped, so Data restores attitude control and brings the runabout to a stop. La Forge is surprised to report that the starboard antimatter pod has been completely drained, since there is no leak and all of the other engine systems are fully operational. Data believes that he has an explanation for the sudden depletion of fuel – the plasma conversion sensor says that the starboard engine has been in operation for forty-seven days – far longer than the crew had been away for the conference. Since this is something that should have been impossible, La Forge checks the sensor while Picard goes into the crew cabin to check the fuel consumption logs.

Picard's hand experiences time travel

Picard's hand is affected by a temporal fragment and is in need of some trimming

While working in the cabin, the captain notices something unusual: the fruit on the table (which was fresh minutes ago) is rotten. He innocently reaches with his right hand to touch it, but before he can he screams in agony and pulls his hand away. The three other officers run in to the cabin, reacting to the captain's yell. Picard sits in a chair holding his shaking right hand which has fingernails that appear to have been growing for several weeks. Troi scans his hand with a tricorder and says that the metabolism in his hand has increased by nearly fifty times. The pain in his hand soon subsides. Data looks at the fruit and performs a scan of the room with his tricorder. The android reports that there is a temporal disturbance, roughly spherical in shape, that intersects with the table. Time within this disturbance passes fifty times more quickly than normal. The disturbance reaches out to seventeen meters in space – covering the starboard nacelle, explaining why the runabout's supply of antimatter was drained. A final look at the fruit shows that it has completely disintegrated into dust.

Picard orders La Forge to try and pilot the runabout away from the disturbance. He and Data manage to do so, but they are soon stopped by another disturbance that has appeared directly behind them. La Forge reads his console and calls the captain in. The sensors show that the runabout is surrounded by dozens of disturbances of different sizes where time appears to be passing at different rates – almost as if the space-time continuum had been shattered into fragments. The fragmentation effect increases along the course of the rendezvous coordinates with the Enterprise. There is a somewhat ominous pause before Picard asks if they can navigate around the fragments. They can, but only at half impulse power. They set a course to the rendezvous coordinates.

The runabout arrives at the rendezvous coordinates, but there is no sign of the Enterprise. La Forge reads a faint, possibly metallic, signature with negligible power levels. The runabout makes its way to the signature, but the fragmentation effect increases, so the runabout must slow further to compensate. They look though the front window and the moment turns to shock – the Enterprise and a Romulan warbird appear to be in the midst of a battle. Furthermore, the warbird seems to have fired at the Enterprise but the disruptor beam is frozen in mid-blast.

Act TwoEdit

Romulan warbird power transfer

The Enterprise-D appears to be under attack from a Romulan warbird

Both the Enterprise and the Romulan warbird have been caught in another one of the temporal fragments and all of the fragments converge at this particular point in space, so it is likely that this is the center of the disturbances. Picard orders a scan for life signs, but Data finds that sensors cannot penetrate the subspace field and he is unable to scan inside of either vessel. The Enterprise has taken some damage to its saucer section and port nacelle from disruptor fire but the Romulan warbird appears to have suffered no damage, suggesting that it decloaked and opened fire before the Enterprise could respond. There is also a second energy beam, coming from the Enterprise's navigational deflector. It is impossible to tell what the beam is for from a mere visual inspection but it is aimed at the engineering section of the warbird. The crew of the runabout cannot work out what has happened between the two ships from their current location and Picard suggests transporting over to the Enterprise but Data advises against it as each time that they were exposed to one of the temporal fragments, they were integrated into its time frame; if they were to beam over to the Enterprise, they, too, would become frozen in time and unable to work out the situation.

Picard thinks to himself and asks La Forge if using a subspace isolation field similar to one used on Devidia II would protect them from the effects of the temporal fragments. (TNG: "Time's Arrow") La Forge replies in the positive but they would need a sensitive phase discriminator to modulate such a force field. Data points out that the subspace emitters in the emergency transporter armbands could be modified to produce the desired effect as they contain a type-seven phase discriminator – a sensitive enough discriminator. However for the crew to be able to interact with the environment onboard the Enterprise the field would have to be restricted to an almost skin-tight fit. La Forge and Data begin their modifications to the armbands and La Forge also channels communications through the subspace relays in them so they can remain in continuous communication. Picard, Data and Troi wear armbands while La Forge remains on the runabout where he'll monitor them. As he activates the field, Troi falls (and Data promptly catches her) feeling dizzy due to the small pocket of time being placed around them. La Forge beams the three directly to the bridge of the Enterprise.

Crusher hit by disruptor beam

Counselor Troi makes a horrifying discovery in sickbay

The three officers materialize on the bridge that has taken some damage and three Romulans are present, all armed with disruptors. They spread apart with Data moving to the operations officer station, Troi moving over to Riker, who appears to have fallen with a Romulan in front of him and Picard walks over to the command region of the bridge. Although none of the consoles function, objects in the time frame can be moved and the console at Ops reads that there is a massive power surge coming from main engineering. Picard moves to tactical and reads from the console that security teams have been dispatched to both Transporter room Three and sickbay. Picard tells Data to go to main engineering to determine the cause of the power surge and for Troi to go to sickbay while he will go to Transporter room Three. Picard orders La Forge to transport the three of them to their respective destinations but he advises against it due to the power drain imposed both by the transporters and the subspace fields. Picard understands and the three go to their destinations through the Jefferies tubes.

Troi makes her way to sickbay and finds several Romulans and medical and security staff all looking at a central point, and when she turns to see the center of attention, she is horrified to see that Dr. Crusher has been hit by a disruptor blast at point blank range; should the time frame return to normal, there is no way that she can survive. Troi runs out in shock but after she exits the room, a Romulan woman blinks and looks around, somewhat relieved that she was not spotted.

Act ThreeEdit

Captain Picard walks into Transporter Room Three and sees three Romulans on the transporter pad, all unarmed. He then walks over to the transporter console, being manned by Worf, and Troi walks in, still stunned by Dr. Crusher's imminent death. He tells Troi that Worf just beamed three Romulans over and another three to sickbay but he is confused as to why Romulans are being beamed aboard in the middle of a battle and why the Romulans are unarmed. Troi interrupts the captain and informs him of what she has just seen in sickbay and Data calls Picard asking that he and Troi come to engineering immediately – it is urgent.

As Picard and Troi arrive in engineering, Picard asks what the problem is. Data replies saying that he has found the cause of the power surge – a warp core breach is in progress. The core breach is at its flash point (a large, motionless cloud has formed from the warp core) but it is also expanding. Picard is confused and thought that time was suspended but Data has determined that time is moving but at an almost immeasurably slow rate and that they failed to realize this because their first conclusion was merely based on the observations of the crew, but a warp core breach moves at a substantially faster rate than any other event on the ship.

Picard views flashpoint of core breach

Picard looks in astonishment at the flash point of a warp core breach

Data then says that based on the rate of the cloud's expansion that it will destroy the Enterprise in nine hours and seventeen minutes. With concern for his ship, Picard asks what can be done to stop the breach but unfortunately it is no longer a matter of stopping the breach as it has already happened and the fact that it is moving so slowly changes nothing.

Picard studies the breach in astonishment while Troi asks Data what caused the breach. Data does not know but the consoles in engineering show that the Enterprise was performing a power transfer to the Romulan warbird at the moment that time slowed down. Troi wonders why the Enterprise would be sending power to the Romulans and Data suggests going over to the Romulan ship to find out but Picard bursts into laughter and Data and Troi turn to see what he finds so amusing. The captain has just drawn a smiley face in the cloud but he stops laughing and falls back in to the wall behind him – something is wrong. Data and Troi rush over to him and Picard says that he feels dizzy and starts laughing again but as Data reaches for him, Picard pulls away and panics uncontrollably and Troi calls La Forge to beam them back to the runabout immediately.

Picard (looking exhausted), Data and Troi are back on the runabout while La Forge checks Picard's armband. He realizes that the captain wasn't completely protected from the effects of the other time frame and Data compares what Picard experienced with nitrogen narcosis. Nothing more can be done to give better protection from the time frame and La Forge suggests limiting the time they spend on each trip and always staying together. The next course of action is to find out why the Enterprise was transferring power over to the Romulan warbird and Picard wants to begin the search in the engine room of the warbird and asks for Troi's input, as she spent some time on a Romulan warbird previously (TNG: "Face of the Enemy") but he feels dizzy again and Troi suggests that he stay on board the runabout and have La Forge go instead. Picard reluctantly agrees but allows them to go for no more than ten minutes.

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An aperture in the space-time continuum within an artificial quantum singularity

When Data, La Forge and Troi materialize in the Romulan engine room, Troi points La Forge over to a power utilization monitor that he'd find of use, then she and Data walk over to another monitor where Data finds something peculiar – the crew is not at battle stations but rather at evacuation alert. La Forge calls them over and tells them that there is an energy feedback in the power transfer beam and that it was probably what overloaded the warp engines of the Enterprise, causing the warp core breach. Data considers that the Romulans caused the feedback to destroy the Enterprise but La Forge does not believe so – the console suggests that they were trying to stop the power transfer. Troi realizes that the more they learn, the less that the situation looks like a Romulan attack. La Forge suggests looking at their engine power output but Data says that the engine core is completely inactive – something that should be impossible as the Romulans use an artificial quantum singularity as the power source on D'deridex-class vessels; once it has been activated, it cannot be shut down.

La Forge opens the hatch of the engine core for a closer look. He looks inside and believes that he has found the cause of the problem. There is a vortex within the singularity with several dark spots inside it. As Data scans the vortex he reveals that it is a focused aperture in the space-time continuum.

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Picard witnesses the destruction of the Enterprise-D

Its energy signature matches that of the temporal fragments that they encountered previously but it is more than a million times more intense and it is likely to be the origin of the temporal fragmentation. The dark spots within the aperture produce complex bio-electric patterns, possibly those of a life form, but before Data can make further observations the aperture fluctuates. As it fluctuates, the time frame returns to normal, the Romulan officers speak and walk between stations, and all but one of the Romulans pay no attention to the Starfleet officers.

As the time returns to normal speed, Picard sees the Enterprise explode from the warp core breach. Suddenly time reverses and the Enterprise comes back together. Back on the Romulan warbird, the Romulan officers' actions are going in reverse then they stop at the exact same point before the aperture fluctuated.

Act FourEdit

Moments later, the three officers are speaking to Captain Picard through the com and Data believes that the emissions from his tricorder caused the activation of the aperture and advises against any further exposure. He adds that the Romulans were trying to eject their engine core. Troi adds that there was some sort of energy feedback and La Forge believes that they were trying to stop the feedback in any way they could. La Forge reads one of the engineering consoles to try to determine what was happening on the bridge but he notices something unusual. He soon realizes that a Romulan (the same Romulan who noticed them when time briefly returned to normal) is in a space that was empty before but when he asks Data if he was there before, the Romulan attacks La Forge and they both fall back. Data and Troi run over to La Forge who is now dying from neural shock but there is too little time to send him back to the runabout to treat him and Troi removes his armband to slow down the neural shock. She asks Data if the Romulan is alive but after scanning him Data says that he is alive but he is not sure that the man is a Romulan.

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La Forge is attacked by an alien disguised as a Romulan

On board the runabout, Picard, Data and Troi are standing around one of the beds in the cabin, on which the "Romulan" alien is lying unconscious. Data's scan of the alien show that his cellular structure does not conform to any known species and that his bio-electric patterns are in a state of temporal flux. He doubts that the alien is native to their time continuum. Picard asks to see Data's readings of the organic matter that he found inside the aperture. Picard and Data look at a bio-spectral analysis of the aperture on the monitor and find that the bio-electric patterns of the organic matter are similar to those of the alien on the bed but they are much less complex and that the cellular structures of the organic matter are in a state of cellular mitosis – it may be an embryo.

The alien awakes and Picard asks him who he is. The alien replies saying that he assumed the body of the Romulan in order to survive in this time continuum but he struggles to speak. He adds that he has come to this time continuum to save their young that are trapped inside the artificial "gravity well" and that they are dying – the alien is referring to the Romulan engine core but as he speaks, his body starts to phase and Data scans him finding that his molecular structure is destabilizing. Picard asks how the alien's young became trapped inside the singularity. The alien replies that they needed a natural quantum singularity to incubate their young. They used the Romulan singularity, which is artificial, hoping that it would suffice but it failed. Troi, Picard and Data soon piece together the puzzle – when the alien young were nested in the singularity, it shut down so the Romulans sent out a distress call and the Enterprise responded, finding the Romulan ship suffering from an apparent engine failure and began a power transfer. However when the power transfer beam made contact with the alien "nest" it disrupted the space-time continuum and threatened the lives of the young, forcing the alien to fire upon the Enterprise to stop the power transfer. The alien reveals that there is another alien like him but before he can give any more information, he disappears completely. Picard, Data and Troi are now on their own to find the other alien.

Act FiveEdit

A few minutes later, Picard is frustrated that the destruction of the Enterprise is imminent (just over seven hours away) and asks Data if the entire warp core can be beamed into space. He is told it would require surrounding the entire core with a subspace isolation field. The runabout cannot generate a large enough field. Picard then mentions that the tricorder emissions caused time to go forward and then backward and asks if the opposite effect can be achieved with time going backward then forward. Troi catches onto the idea and suggests running time back to a point before the core breach and preventing the power transfer so that when time rolls forward again, the core breach will never happen. Data believes that it is possible to put the theory into practice by re-modulating the delta-band emissions of his tricorder to produce the desired effect. Picard gives the go-ahead, knowing that timing will be critical since there will be little time to prevent the power transfer.

"Captain's Log, Supplemental. After placing the modified tricorder on the Romulan ship, we have returned to the Enterprise."

The three officers are in position – Data is in main engineering standing by the pool table, Picard is on the bridge by the aft science station, and Troi is in sickbay with her phaser drawn and aimed at the Romulan firing at Dr. Crusher. Unknown to Troi, the "Romulan" woman (the second alien) who was looking around earlier is absent from sickbay. Data has placed his modified tricorder in front of the aperture and activates it via a PADD. There is another flash of light and time moves backwards. The disruptor blast that hit Dr. Crusher has now reversed and backed into the disruptor. The cloud from the warp core breach has disappeared, and Data reports that the breach has been reversed. He stands poised at the pool table to prevent the power transfer. The second alien walks in (unaffected by the time frame) and attacks Data. They both fall to the floor. Meanwhile, time returns to normal, going forward. Just as Data awakens, an ensign initiates the power transfer. Data attempts to shut down the transfer, but it is too late to do so. He instructs the computer to raise a Level-3 containment field around the warp core.

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The runabout interrupts the power transfer between the two ships, but is destroyed in the process

The Romulan warbird fires its disruptors at the Enterprise. On the bridge, Riker is knocked over and a Romulan officer helps him back to his feet. He is surprised to see the Captain, but there is no time for Picard to explain how he got back. He orders Riker to continue evacuating the Romulan ship and to beam La Forge (who is still in the Romulan engine room) directly to sickbay. In sickbay, Troi pulls Dr. Crusher out of the way as the Romulan fires his disruptor, aiming her phaser at him. Dr. Crusher explains to Troi that he wasn't firing at her. The Romulan officer explains that he was shooting at an alien who had taken Romulan form and the doctor got in the way. Picard asks Data for a report and Data reports that he was attacked by the other alien and that he was unable to prevent the power transfer, so a core breach is again imminent. The Enterprise cannot move to stop the power transfer because the feedback from the beam would destroy the ship but Picard quickly gets an idea – he has Riker patch him through to remotely control the navigation of the runabout. He navigates the runabout between the Enterprise and the Romulan ship, interrupting the beam and destroying the runabout in the process. As the runabout explodes, both the second alien and the Romulan warbird disappear. Severing the power transfer has prevented the warp core breach and restored the space-time continuum to normal.

"Captain's Log, Stardate 46945.3. We successfully evacuated the crew of the Romulan ship. We're on course to the Neutral Zone to bring them home."

Some time later, Riker arrives at Data's quarters (feeling slightly nervous about Spot) with a PADD telling him that he has worked out new shift rotation schedules and that he wants Data to tell the department heads of the personnel assignments. Data is performing an experiment to try to understand how Humans perceive time after hearing how some say that time passes quickly in one instance and slowly in another although he knows that, in reality, the passage of time remains fixed. Riker says that the human perception of time differs from person to person and that it varies according to the situation and one's mood. Data has boiled the same water in a kettle 62 times, sometimes watching the kettle intently and other times ignoring it. The water boiled at exactly the same time in each instance. He feels that he is incapable of perceiving time differently from his internal chronometer. However, Riker suggests that Data turn off his internal chronometer and see if his perception of time differs, as Humans do not have internal chronometers. Data thanks Riker for his suggestion. Riker leaves, jokingly warning Data, "Just don't be late for your shift!" Data ponders Riker's advice when suddenly the water in the kettle begins to boil, surprising Data.

Memorable quotesEdit

"I mean, this is not just a scrape, this is a very deep cut."

- Crusher, on the scratch marks on Riker's forehead


"[...] you've gotta stop playing Parrises Squares as if you're twenty-one years old. One of these days you're gonna fall and break your neck, and I'm not gonna be able to heal that as easily."
"I wasn't playing Parrises Squares."
"Worf's calisthenic program?"
"No."
"I give up, what was it?"
"I was trying to feed Spot!"

- Dr. Crusher and Riker, about Riker's "injury"


"I hate cats."
"I love cats. You know, you just gotta know how to handle them."

- Riker and Crusher


"You'll need this."

- Riker, to Dr. Crusher on taking care of Spot, throwing her a phaser


"He gathered 200 scientists from all over the Federation and all he did was put us to sleep."
"I have a memory record of the entire lecture, counselor. I can repeat the portions you missed if you..."
"No, thank you Data."

- Troi, on Wagner's lecture and Data


"Hello, Diane... I understand you're an empath. I'm a very... (winks unsubtly) sensitive man myself. I'm doing a thesis on inter-species mating rituals... Would you care to join me in some "empirical research"?"

- Deanna Troi, imitating Dr. Mizan


"He just kept talking in one long incredibly unbroken sentence moving from topic to topic so that no-one had a chance to interrupt; it was really quite hypnotic."

- Picard, on Dr. Vassbinder • Listen to this quotefile info


"Counselor? Is there something wrong?"
"I'm not sure..."

- La Forge, to Troi when he unfreezes after he came into contact with a temporal fragment


"It's going to take a little time to explain, Number One."

- Picard, to Riker


"I think this is gonna work. But... it's gonna take some time."
"Well, Mister La Forge... It would seem that time is what we have plenty of."

- La Forge and Picard


"Excuse me, Mr. Worf."

- An always proper Picard to the time frozen Klingon when examining the transporter console


"Come in."
(Riker looks around thoroughly) "Where's that cat of yours?"
"Spot is sleeping, sir. Why do you ask?"
"No reason."

- Data and Riker

Background information Edit

Story and script Edit

  • The plot for this episode was based upon a story by Mark Gehred-O'Connell, who pitched the one-sentence concept of a "ship trapped in time like amber". (Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion 2nd ed., p. 251; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 102)
  • Gehred-O'Connell commented: "In my original idea, neither ship was the Enterprise. My story involved the Enterprise coming across two other ships in this situation and having to diffuse it because it endangered the whole sector. But when I pitched the story, Brannnon blurted out, 'Oh no, one of those ships has to be the Enterprise!' The minute I started in, I could tell the wheels were already turning in his mind". Gehred-O'Connell was unable to work any further on the script as the episode was rushed into production when another script was jettisoned. (The Official Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Magazine Vol. 10)
  • Brannon Braga developed the pitch after another story was scrapped. He sought to out-do his previous "Cause and Effect" by providing an even more unusual time-travel story. He noted, "This is 'Cause & Effect' times ten. Time is not only looping, it's moving backwards, accelerating and stopping and moving backwards." (Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages, p. 280) Elsewhere, he added, "I wanted to do this as 'man against nature,' or 'man against time'. What The Abyss was to deep-sea diving, this would be to 'deep-time diving'." Consequently, an early title for the episode was "Deep Time". (Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion 2nd ed., p. 251)
  • The names of two of the conference speakers are in-jokes – Wagner was named after a one-time date of Braga, while Vassbinder was named after one of his high-school teachers. (Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion 2nd ed., p. 251)
  • The final draft script was submitted on 18 March 1993.

Production Edit

  • From the outset, it was known that this episode would be extremely complex to produce. Braga remarked, "As I was writing it, I was thinking there's no way." Jeri Taylor recalled, "It was absolutely bizarre. It's full of opticals and complicated sequences. Do you do split screen? Do you do blue screen? Do you do anthromorphic lenses?" (Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages, p. 280)
  • The challenge was given to director Adam Nimoy, who had previously directed "Rascals". Rick Berman recalled, "My feeling was that nobody should be asked to be judged on a work that was so unusual in terms of having to come in and direct these kids. I basically said I would like to give him another shot to work with adults." (Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages, p. 280)
  • David Livingston stated, "I think this is the longest optical memo we have ever had. It [was] over six pages long. Adam was very specific about what he wanted and I knew he was going to do great on it. He's got good genes." (Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages, p. 280)
  • Nimoy endeavored to bring to life what he referred to as the "eerie ambience" of the teleplay. His favorite moments of the show were the frozen-time reaction and reveal shots aboard the runabout, which Nimoy said were inspired by German impressionistic films such as The Hands of Orlac(1924). (Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion 2nd ed., p. 251)
  • Nimoy observed, "It was very different. I relied a lot on the special effects guys in an attempt to keep what I thought was the drama of the scene and deal with the restrictions that special effects put on you in terms of what you can do with the actors while also using those effects to maximum dramatic capacity to make it work with the scene. It's a whole different mindset. I'm learning a lot from these guys." (Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages, p. 280)
  • This episode features a runabout, a type of spacecraft that was more commonly seen in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The name of the runabout in this episode was never revealed, however. It is simply known as the Enterprise-D runabout, although reused footage from DS9 gives the ship the USS Rio Grande's registry (NCC-72452). The interior aft set was built on the budget of The Next Generation to help its sister show; ironically, it was never shown on DS9. Set designer Richard James and set decorator Jim Mees noted that while the cockpit had been created over seven weeks, they had only nine days to design and build the set, requiring the crew to work around the clock. (Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion 2nd ed., p. 251)
  • First UK airdate: 27 December 1995

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