Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 6 Episode 1

Time's Arrow (2)

6
Aired Unknown Sep 21, 1992 on CBS
8.7
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Stardate: 46001.3 The away team's investigations are hampered by a nosy Samuel Clemens. Picard discovers that he originally met Guinan in the 1890s on Earth.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Mark Twain Ruins the episode

    8.0
    He is almost unbearable to listen to. He sounds like a bird dying. Here's is the only way I can even tolerate the episode is if I have it on Tivo and fast forward all of the Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) parts. Every single time he enters into a scene, I fast forward it. He makes my ears hurt when he talks. No one has ever done that to me except that character. Besides the Mark Twain character and the idiotic idea of Guinan being there in that stupid dress, the episode had so much promise. Without Guinan and Twain the episode would have been the best episode they ever made. With them, I give it a 8.moreless
  • Unique & Fun

    8.0
    Unlike the concluding episodes for "The Best of Both Worlds" and "Redemption", the resolution of "Times Arrow" had the basics of its storyline worked out while the first part being was written making it easy for the writers to deliver a fulfilling conclusion to Part 2. Like the first part, this episode includes some interesting whimsy, although it's delivered in a more comedic way. The episode also features one of the most noteworthy guest performances in Star Trek history: Jerry Hardin as Mark Twain. Hardin nails the part so well, he steals the show from Brent Spiner (Data) and Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan), although neither would likely complain. One thing's for sure: this two parter is one of the more unique offerings from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek as a whole.moreless
  • Part 2 of enjoyable fluff.

    8.0
    Time's Arrow is a fun little two-parter. There's nothing heavy here - a threat to Earth, yeah, but not with any sort of immediacy. The meat is in the chemistry between Patrick Stewart and Whoopi Goldberg, and in the general silliness of the Enterprise bridge crew running amok in 19th century San Francisco.



    Unlike part 1, which combined some classic Data with relatively pointless setup for the rest of the crew, this allows the rest of them to join in the fun. I can't make up my mind about Jerry Hardin's Samuel Clemens, who ends up being a little too annoying at times.



    Anyway, most TNG fans will be pleased.moreless
  • The weak second half of the dissapointing TNG two-parter....

    8.0
    "Time's Arrow" seems to be a TNG fan favorite with high ratings on most major film/TV database/discussion websites and a spot on the fan-assigned Time Travel Fan Collective DVD set. While indeed a well-produced episode, "Time's Arrow" ends up only marginally entertaining and does not stir the same ecstatic reactions within me that it seems to do for other TNG fans.



    The second half of "Time's Arrow" does the first half a grave disservice. Where the first half of the episode was poignant, character-centered, and interesting, the second half goes for laughs, cheese, and pointless plot points.



    My biggest gripe with the episode is the completely irritating, incredibly frustrating, and absolutely pointless inclusion of Samuel Clemens into the plot. The episode depicts Clemens as a squeaky Southern-accented old man who has figured out that Data is from the future. The episode continues to do all it can to wax sappy on Clemens' prejudiced ideas of the future that are changed once he visits the Enterprise.



    Then, to add insult to injury, the writers and producers decided that it would be here in Data's run-in with the 19th Century that the crew actually first meets Guinan. Why, you may ask? Beats me - her being on Earth in the 19th Century does absolutely nothing for the plot, nothing whatsoever. It is a device used to make the audience go "Oh! Look at that! Guinan actually meets Picard & co HERE!" Big whoopee (no pun intended, initially).



    There is plenty to like about "Time's Arrow" - mainly Brent Spiner who gives a terrific Data performance - but I was sorely disappointed by "Time's Arrow" - it started so excellently only to end so poorly.moreless
  • Good end to the two-parter, if you don't mind Mark Twain.

    8.0
    This whole arc was really neat, but I have to say first off, that the character of Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens was really annoying. First of all, they've done this before, with the people unfrozen in "The Neutral Zone" (season 1 finale). But second of all, he just really follows everyone around annoying them until he finally fulfills the role of saving Picard. I sincerely doubt Mark Twain was going to shoot time travelers...



    But that said, it was great episode. It's neat to see the whole cast in this 1890s time period. Guinan and Picard have such a dynamic relationship and it is always fun to see them interact. This is the event that Guinan has referred to many times before, where Picard helped her (see "Preemptive Strike," where Guinan tells Ro Laren to trust Picard).



    The resolution to the alien plot is dull. They probably could've just blown up the thing from orbit earlier. Or maybe they weren't able to, I really don't understand.moreless
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

Pamela Kosh

Pamela Kosh

Mrs. Carmichael

Guest Star

Alexander Enberg

Alexander Enberg

Reporter

Guest Star

Van Epperson

Van Epperson

Morgue Attendant

Guest Star

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg

Guinan

Recurring Role

Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett

Computer Voice

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When the Enterprise crew beam back up to the ship with Samuel Clemens, as the transport starts, Samuel Clemens looks up and puts up his arms defensively. As he rematerializes on the Enterprise, he is looking down instead of up.

    • In "Q Who?," Q mentioned that he had dealings with Guinan "two centuries ago" and even said "Guinan, is that the name you go by now?" In this episode in the 19th century before she met Q, she is still known as "Guinan."

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Picard: I wish... I wish time would've allowed me to know you better.
      Clemens: Well, you'll just have to read my books. What I am is pretty much there.

    • Clemens: Where are we? And when?
      Riker: This is the 24th century, you're on Devidia II, and you're not supposed to be here.
      Clemens: Well, it seems to me I have as much right to be in your time as you had to be in mine. I wanted to see how you've conducted my future affairs.
      Troi: Your future affairs?
      Clemens: The affairs of mankind.
      Riker: But the disappearance of Mark Twain, one of the most noted literary figures of the 19th century?
      Clemens: Thank you.
      Riker: That's not supposed to happen.
      Clemens: I only took advantage of an irresistible opportunity, as any good writer would.

    • Clemens: Young lady, I come from a time when men achieve power and wealth by standing on the backs of the poor, where prejudice and intolerance are commonplace and power is an end unto itself, and you're telling me that isn't how it is anymore?
      Troi: That's right.

    • Clemens: (seeing Worf) A werewolf!

  • NOTES (3)

    • The "Time's Arrow" two-parter has a connection to the season 3 episode "Booby Trap" where Guinan had told LaForge that she is attracted to bald men because one had looked after her when she had been injured. See the second note to "Booby Trap."

    • This episode won Emmys for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Hairstyling.

    • Alexander Enberg (the reporter), who is the son of Jeri Taylor, would later play Taurik in "Lower Decks" and the recurring character of Vorik on Star Trek: Voyager for several years.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Bellboy: Jack London
      The bellboy is Jack London, famed author of "Call of the Wild." He was originally from San Francisco and later settled in Oakland. He had many odd jobs during his younger days, many of which the character mentioned in these two episodes.

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