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When Enterprise comes upon a shuttlecraft adrift in space, they bring it onboard. What they discover shocks them greatly. The shuttlecraft is from their Enterprise, and the pilot is none other than Jean-Luc Picard himself, or at least a duplicate of him. This Picard is semi conscious, and doesn’t seem to know there are crew around him. Dr. Pulaski determines that this Picard is in a state of temporal flux from a point in time several hours in their future.
After checking the shuttle’s logs, they see that this Picard left his Enterprise just before it was destroyed, near a massive space vortex. The crew and their Picard must determine how to avoid this future event before it happens again, to them, and their Enterprise is destroyed, too.
*Captain's Log, Stardate 42679.2. While en route to the Endicor system, we have encountered a Federation shuttlecraft which seems to have appeared out of nowhere. There are no indications of where it came from, or how it got out here.
*Captain's Personal Log, supplemental. I have just witnessed the total destruction of the USS Enterprise with a loss of all hands, save one: me.
*Captain's Log, supplemental. Part of the mystery has been solved. The reason there are two number 05 shuttlecrafts is because one of them is from the future. Six hours to be exact. And so, presumably, is the facsimile of me
*Captain's Log, supplemental. I've been informed that Mr. Data has recovered the logs from the duplicate shuttlecraft. I am more than apprehensive to play back a log which will not be recorded for several hours.
*Captain's Log, supplemental. We continue on course to Endicor. We are now less than two hours away from our rendezvous with ourselves.
*Captain's Log, supplemental. We have apparently intersected with something.
Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher) does not appear in this episode.