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Stardate: 45349.1 A time traveling huckster tries to bamboozle the Enterprise crew.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x9
Production Number: 209
Airdate: Monday November 18th, 1991

Director: Paul Lynch
Writer: Rick Berman

Alternate Airdates:

CA (Télé-Québec) Nov 18, 1991
FR (BBC TWO) Feb 15, 1995
UK (BBC TWO) Feb 15, 1995

Guest Stars
Sheila FranklinSheila Franklin
As Dr. Felton
Matt FrewerMatt Frewer
As Rasmussen
Shay GarnerShay Garner
As Scientist
Stefan GieraschStefan Gierasch
As Dr. Hal Moseley
Main Cast
Patrick StewartPatrick Stewart
As Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan FrakesJonathan Frakes
As Commander William T. Riker
LeVar BurtonLeVar Burton
As Lieutenant/Lt. Commander Geordi LaForge
Michael DornMichael Dorn
As Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFaddenGates McFadden
As Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina SirtisMarina Sirtis
As Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent SpinerBrent Spiner
As Lt. Commander Data
Episode Notes
Log Entries:
*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.

Dr. Felton:
Appears for the first time and appears in 4 other episodes.

The events of this episode are referred to by Odo (Rene Auberjonois) in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Bar Association".

Episode Quotes
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.

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