CReturning by runabout from a conference, Troi, Picard, Data and La Forge are puzzled by areas in which time elapses with different speeds. They find the frozen scene of a Romulan Warbird firing a disruptor beam at the Enterprise. With the help of modified transporter armbands, Troi, Picard and Data beam over to the Enterprise while remaining in their own frame of time. They discover that the ship is apparently being boarded by Romulans, that Beverly is being hit by a disruptor beam and, even worse, a warp core breach is in progress. Picard, suffering from side effects of the time shift, has to return to the runabout. On the Warbird the three other officers discover strange lifeforms in the quantum singularity, the ship's power source. The presence of the lifeforms interferes with a power transfer from the Enterprise, creating the temporal fragments. Geordi is attacked by an alien disguised as a Romulan, and Deanna saves him by removing his armband so that there will be enough time to treat him. The alien says that they use a gravity well as a nest for their young, and that they were under the impression that the artificial quantum singularity could serve the same purpose. Data manages to turn back the time so as to prevent the warp core breach, but he is attacked by another alien whose intention was the same, to stop the power transfer. With the power transfer in progress yet again, Picard steers the runabout between the two ships where it disrupts the beam and explodes. The crew of the Warbird is beamed off the ship before it vanishes.
Errors and Explanations
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- The alien scientist sounds like he has a Yorkshire accent when Deanna is imitating him. Maybe it isn't intended to be an exact impersonation!
Incorrectly regarded as goofs
- Picard, Data, and Geordi make no reaction to the fact that, from their point of view, Troi would've instantly gone from sitting down to standing up after first freezing in time. Geordi was telling a very interesting story at the time, so all eyes were on him, and apparently no one noticed Deanna's sudden change in position. Although human peripheral vision responds to sudden motion, thus attracting attention to the latter, it's not designed to handle time-skipping as a real motion, so it's reasonable that Deanna's change in position wasn't noticed at once. That being said, Picard did notice the change just a few moments afterward, when he asked Deanna if everything was alright. Interestingly, he's the only one of the three with human vision.
- The stars appear to be moving when the Enterprise and the Romulan Warbird are frozen in time. Since the plot-line includes highly concentrated time distortions, it is perfectly feasible that the stars will move as per normal while the trapped vessels will remain frozen.
Ex Astris Scientia
- I don't understand why the Warbird vanishes in the end. Yet, it seems to be the expected outcome for the crew members, who prepare to evacuate the Romulan crew in time. The prescence of the alien embryos could have placed the artifical quantum singularity powering the warbird under excess strain, resulting in it eventually exploding.
- Based upon a story by Mark Gehred-O'Connell