Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 4 Episode 8

Future Imperfect

Aired Unknown Nov 12, 1990 on CBS

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  • Riker awakens to a future he doesn't remember, including being promoted to the Captain's Chair of the Enterprise-D and starting a family. Until he realizes that his future is a sham.

    This is one of the episodes that makes this incarnation of Star Trek the best one ever. Good writing and clever plotting lead to an episode that has us guessing to the end and shows us the depths of Riker's soul. Riker shows us his desire for family, his detective work, humor, and cool under pressure that make for a great candidate for captaincy. Plus it gives us trekkers a glimpse into a possible future for characters on the show as well. Perhaps the weirdest thing for me was seeing Data with a red shirt-- that was perhaps the most out of character element in the show.