*Captain's Log, Stardate 45349.1. The Enterprise is on its way to Penthara IV where a type C asteroid has struck an unpopulated continent. The resulting dust cloud could very well create a phenomenon not unlike the nuclear winters of 21st century Earth. Commander La Forge has begun work on a plan that would counteract the devastation.
*Captain's Log, Stardate 45350.3. We have arrived at Penthara IV and can see for ourselves the atmospheric devastation caused by the asteroid impact.
*Captain's Log, supplemental. While Doctor Moseley takes La Forge's plan to the leaders of the colony, I find myself weighing the potential consequences of a more philosophical issue.
*Captain's Log, Stardate 45341.9. Doctor Moseley has met with the colony leaders, who all agree they are willing to take the risk.
Robin Williams was slated to play Rasmussen, but his work on Hook prevented him from taking the role.
Appears for the first time and appears in 4 other episodes.
Captain Picard: Yes, Professor, I know...what if one of those lives I save down there is a child who grows up to be the next Adolf Hitler or Khan Singh? Every first year philosophy student has been asked that question since the earliest wormholes were discovered.
Captain Picard: (to Rasmussen) To try or not to try. To take a risk or play it safe. Your arguments have reminded me how precious the right to choose is. And because I've never been one to play it safe, I choose to try.
Captain Picard: (to Rasmussen) Welcome to the 24th Century.