Past, present and future collide for Captain Picard as he finds himself bouncing around through three different time periods -- the Farpoint mission, the present, and the future in which many changes have affected the Enterprise-D crew. Meanwhile, the mischievous Q is back for his last time trying to help Picard figure out the meaning of a spatial anomaly... or is he only making things worse? You be the judge on this two-hour TV movie which concludes Star Trek: The Next Generation.Written by
Ian Murray Hamilton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A future rendering of the Caduceus can be seen in several places on the bridge of Beverly's ship, erroneously used for the Greek symbol for medicine. In actuality, the rod of Asclepius (one snake, one staff, no wings) is the correct Greek symbol for medicine. See more »
The temporal anomaly was read as being an intersection of tachyon beams from the 3 different time line Enterprises. In the future time line, it was the USS Pasteur that initiated the tachyon beam, not the Enterprise. This is often considered a plot hole, but technically, Data is the one who found the discovery in the present time. His exact words were "The two other pulses have the exact same amplitude modulation as our own pulse. It is as if all three originated from the Enterprise." It is logical to presume Data, having been the one in all three time periods to help make the pulse, made the beams the same and in this present time made the assumption all three were from the Enterprise. See more »
Counselor Deanna Troi:
[exiting the holodeck]
That was an incredible program!
I am glad you approve. I have always found the Black Sea at night to be a most stimulating experience.
Counselor Deanna Troi:
Worf - we were walking barefoot on the beach, with balalaika music in the air, ocean breeze washing over us, stars in the sky, a full moon rising - and the most you can say is "stimulating"?
It was... *very* stimulating.
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There are two versions available on video (UK). One on the series tapes with both parts appearing as separate episodes, the other as a re-edited feature length 'movie'. The latter has additional footage including an additional appearance by Q in the old Picard's bedroom just before he goes to 10 forward with new theories regarding the anomaly. This version makes more sense as you see where Picard gets his theory from. See more »
Your reading this for one of possibly two reasons:
A) You want to know how others feel about this final episode that you've also seen or,..
B) You have no idea about Star Trek
Given the popularity of this series, I'll assume "A" is your reason. However, if your the rare "B" person, then I recommend avoiding this episode until you've watched at least a few episodes of The Next Generation.
This wonderful 2-hour finale utilizes the history of these characters and plots beautifully and with reverence.
The lead character of the series, Jean Luc Picard, finds that he is inexplicably shifting between 3 time periods within his own liftime (past, present and future). Once he finds the reason for this, things become more complex and intriguing. His eyes are opened to an even greater threat than what he had perceived to be his own. As wonderful a premise that is, the subplots greatly enhance the characters and draw you into the story.
For example, Tasha Yar, a well regarded character in the series was killed early in the shows run. In his shift into the past, Picard once again sees her alive, accompanying him to the Enterprise for the first time (again, ironically). Once he returns to the present, he laments over having seen her again. A beautifully played little scene.
The main story combined with these subplots makes for one of the best written series endings ever in TV history.
Let's hope that future TV series (not necessarily Trek, of course) have the opportunity to do the same.
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