Picard and Data are the only characters to hold the same rank they started with, throughout the entire series. Other than in alternate realities, Picard started and finished with the rank of captain, and Data lieutenant commander.
The temporal energy generated by the anomaly causes Geordi's eyes to regenerate, allowing him to see. However his blindness was due to a birth defect not an injury, so the tissue reverting to an earlier state shouldn't have made any difference as there was no undamaged state to return to.
When scanning the Anomaly, Data states that the center has three tachyon pulses combining that all came from the Enterprise. However, the future Enterprise never scans the anomaly with the pulse, rather the Pasteur scanned it.
In the future time zone, after the future Enterprise leaves the area where the anomaly is supposed to be, it is stated that if the ship returns to the area, the anomaly may be there. However, if the anomaly gets bigger in the past, then how could it not be there at an earlier time, and be there at a later time?
Yar: Captain, so far we have obeyed every order. No matter how far fetched it might have seemed. But, if we are to risk the safety of the ship and crew, I think we have to ask you for an explanation.
Past Picard: I understand your concern, Lieutenant. I know if I were in your position I would be doing the same thing--looking for answers. But, you're not going to find any because I don't have any to give you. I know it is difficult for you to understand, but we have to take the ship into the very center of the phenomenon and create a static warp shell. Now, this will put the ship at risk. Quite frankly, we may not survive. But, I want you to believe that I am doing this for a greater purpose and that what is at stake here is more than any of you can possibly imagine. I know you have your doubts about me... about each other... about the ship. All I can say is that, although we have only been together for a short time, I know that you are the finest crew in the fleet and I would trust each of you with my life. So, I am asking you for a leap of faith... and to trust me.
Tomalak: So, Captain, how long are we going to stare at each other across the Neutral Zone.
Picard: There is an alternative Tomalak. We each know why we're here. We could each send one ship into the Neutral Zone to investigate the anomaly in the Devron System.
Tomalak: Has Starfleet Command approved this arrangement?
Tomalak: I like it already.
Picard: I sincerely hope this is the last time I'll find myself here.
Q: You just don't get it, do you, Jean-Luc? The trial never ends.
Worf: What is a Q?
Tasha: It's a letter of the alphabet as far as I know.
Q: That is the exploration that awaits you, not mapping stars or studying nebulae, but charting the unknown possibilties of existence.
Future Picard: Q! Where's the anomaly?
"Old" Q: What? Where's your mommy? I don't know...
Q: "My ship, my crew." I bet you're worried about your fish too.
Q: Goodbye Jean-Luc. I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end.
Data: (to Captain Picard) Q's interest in you has always been that of a master and his beloved pet.
Q: The Continuum didn't think you had it in you, Jean-Luc. But, I knew you did.
Picard: Are you saying that it worked? We collapsed the anomaly?
Q: Is that all this meant to you.? Just another space anomaly? Just another day at the office?
Q: In any case, I'll be watching (Q's chair starts to retract back into the wall) and if you're very lucky, I'll drop by to say hello from time to time, see you out there!
(last line of series)
Picard: So, five card stud, nothing wild; and the sky is the limit.
This episode was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design.
This episode won an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Special Visual Effects.
The footage of the clean-shaven, past version of Riker is taken from the Season One episode "The Arsenal of Freedom".
Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard) and Jonathan Frakes (Commander William T. Riker) are the only actors to appear in every episode.
At 178 episodes, this is the longest-running Star Trek series.
Colm Meaney is the only cast member to appear in the series premieres and finales of both TNG and DS9.
Michael Dorn (Lt. Worf) and Colm Meaney (Chief O'Brien) are the only actors to appear in the finales of both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Three versions were at one time available on VHS:
The originally transmitted two-part (45 minutes each) version, which was later released onto VHS.
A movie version, tying both parts together (88 minutes approximately), which was released as part of the movie series.
An extended movie version, with all the deleted scenes incorporated (over 2 hours), which was released as a Collector's Edition along with a 50-minute documentary.
The latter version is now available on the Season Seven DVD, and the second version is now available on the TV Movie Series box set.
This scene was one of a few deleted scenes that were edited out of the final transmission, however, these scenes were re-incorporated (with no cliffhanger) for a special boxed set on VHS, the newly released Season Seven DVD, and shown as a special transmission.
This version had no cliffhanger, and this and the other deleted scenes, were also restored for a special VHS box set, and the extended version was also specially transmitted.
Denise Crosby (Tasha), Colm Meaney (Chief O'Brien) and John de Lancie (Q) are the only actors, besides the regulars, to appear in both the pilot and the finale of the series (though Denise Crosby was a regular at the time of the pilot.)
The "old Q" scene (among other deleted scenes) was restored in the finale on the Season Seven DVD Box Set.
Martha Hackett, who later portrayed Seska on Star Trek Voyager, was to appear in this episode, but her scenes were cut.
Reportedly, in some versions of the episode, a scene was added before old Jean-Luc woke up and went to 10 Forward to explain his theories. This scene featured a conversation between him and an elderly-looking Q, which is where Jean-Luc drew his conclusions of Anti-Time from. (There are images from this scene publicly available depicting the old Q).
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