Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 6 Episode 25

Timescape

3
Aired Unknown Jun 14, 1993 on CBS
8.9
out of 10
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5

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Stardate: 46944.2 Picard, Geordi, Troi and Data return from a Federation conference to find the Enterprise frozen in time and under attack from a frozen Romulan Warbird.

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  • Apparently, "The Next Phase" and "Cause and Effect" mated and had this child.

    8.5
    This mystery episode featuring Picard, Data, Troi, and Geordi has a killer story idea that would seem more likely to appear in the Star Trek Animated Series. (And actually, the opening is reminiscent of "The Slaver Weapon" from that Trek incarnation.) Of course, it is more dramatic to see the events unfold in live action, and writer Brannon Braga, unwilling to coast on a sure-fire ratings hit of a premise, beautifully develops the mystery scene by scene before delivering a satisfying climax that ties it all together. Director Adam Nimoy deserves special praise for his choice of camera work on board the ships, keeping the shots of frozen crew members alive (and helping out the actors) by keeping the camera moving. (His father would probably conclude that this was the logical choice.)moreless
  • Time is frozen!

    9.0
    "Timescape" is one of my favorite TNG episodes. After attending a conference away from the "Enterprise," Troi, Picard, Data and LaForge find that time is standing still for them aboard their shuttle. They discover the same thing has happened aboard the "Enterprise" as they assist a Romulan Warbird. One of the best parts of the episodes is watching the ship explode and then get put back again as time moves backward.

    I also liked the scene where Picard feels the effect of the 'temporal narcosis' and draws the happy face on the plasma cloud. Just a fun, exciting episode to watch.moreless
  • Not a bad mystery, with some creepiness too.

    7.5
    OK well, a few weird things in this episode! First of all, Picard's hand! What in the HELL! That was actually kinda scary! And not to mention the manic laughing and the screaming for help. That was pretty nuts.



    That said, the mystery was pretty neat (was it a Romulan attack or a rescue mission? we dont know until the end, really). There were a few things left unanswered though - we didn't really see Geordi at the end, just left with the assumption that he's back. And also, we don't really know what happened to the alien young. Did they die? Go back to their own time? I can't put my finger on it, but the episode was not as engaging as others. Maybe this particular type of plot just didn't grab me. It was like an action episode, but with no action. It had a decent mystery, but it had a deus-ex kinda ending with the power transfer being the source of all the problems (and the solution). Definitely some good acting, though. BTW, "he just kept talking in one long unbroken sentence moving from topic to topic"...hehe. Patrick Stewart can be the funniest guy on the show when he wants to be.moreless
  • "The Next Phase", part II. An exciting episode though not all of it is necessary.

    8.5
    This episode follows a similar outline to the season 5 episode "The Next Phase" - a small group of Enterprise officers encounters a weird scifi phenomenon triggered by a Romulan ship calling for aid. Overall, this is a better episode - particularly because it's a more interesting concept, but also because the small ensemble is stronger - not just Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner, but also Marina Sirtis in one of her best acting jobs on the show. There's also a nice air of mystery that surrounds the episode - what the hell is going on, and how will this disastrous situation be resolved?



    The biggest drag is the underlying concept. Were those weird aliens really necessary? They just seem grafted on pointlessly and the story would have worked better without them.moreless
  • While Geordi, Troi , Data and Picard are traveling back to the “Enterprise”. Riker responds to a romulan warbird in distress. Troi notices everything stops moving but her. She tells the others aboard the runabout.moreless

    10
    While Geordi, Troi , Data and Picard are traveling back to the “Enterprise”. Riker responds to a romulan warbird in distress. Troi notices everything stops moving but her. She tells the others aboard the runabout. Then Troi does not move for a period of 3 minutes. Data and Geordi investigate and find there are space time rupture fragments all through the sector they are traveling. So they head back to where they think the “Enterprise” is and find it frozen in time. If you like the “twilight zone” series then you will enjoy this episode. I rate it a 10.0moreless
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

Michael Bofshever

Michael Bofshever

Romulan/Alien

Guest Star

Patricia Tallman

Patricia Tallman

Female Romulan/Alien

Guest Star

John DeMita

John DeMita

Sickbay Romulan

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • If time for the Enterprise and the Romulan vessel has slowed down to the point where disruptor blasts and warp core breaches seem suspended in time, then the light emitted from them and indeed anything else, would also be suspended. So the crew wouldn't have been able to even see the ships or their interior.

    • Trivia: Near the beginning of the episode while Counselor Troi recounts the first "frozen time" incident involving Captain Picard, Geordi, and Data, she takes a deep breath and taps behind her right ear several times. This is the Betazoid relaxation technique demonstrated in a counseling session to help Lt. Barclay overcome his transporter phobia in the episode "Realm of Fear."

    • At the beginning of the episode when Picard, Data and Laforge appear to be frozen from Troi's point of view, she was sitting down before it happened. While they were frozen she stands up until they are unfrozen. From the frozen trio's point of view they would have seen Troi go from sitting down to standing up almost instantly and right next to them. This should have caused a shocking surprise to them but they just continue on with their conversation for a few seconds before reacting to Troi's concerned look.

    • Throughout the episode, the frozen crew members can be seen to visibly sway or breath.

    • When everything is returned to normal after the time anomolies, the Romulan Warbird disappears. Picard later says that the Enterprise had evacuated the Romulan crew, however the Warbird disappeared with only those few Romulans shown on the Enterprise. So where did the rest of the Romulan crew come from?

    • Aboard the Romulan ship, after time starts running, runs backwards and freezes, Geordi notices that someone is standing in a different spot than they were. Wouldn't Data have noticed that first?

    • In the scene where the three beam onto the Romulan ship, Troi tells Geordi to look at the "Power Distribution Console", and she and Data look at another panel on the wall behind Geordi. When the camera shot shows them from behind, Troi has her hands on her lower back, the camera then switches in front of them and her hands are then limp at her sides. Since when can Betazoids could move that fast?

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Riker: I was trying to feed Spot.
      Beverly: Data's cat?
      Riker: I said I'd feed him while he was gone... I put down the food. Next thing, this hissing ball of fur came at my face. I hate cats.

    • Geordi: Captain. I think this is gonna work, but it's gonna take some time.
      Picard: Well, Mr. LaForge, it seems that time is something that we have plenty of.

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