Episode 182: "Future Imperfect" 

When Data receives strange energy readings from Alpha Onias III, an uninhabited planet near the Neutral Zone, Picard suspects the Romulans and sends an Away Team led by Riker to investigate. On Alpha Onias III, communications with the U.S.S. Enterprise break down and the mission is aborted. Later, Riker awakens in sickbay to a graying Dr. Crusher, who tells him that he is recovering from a retroactive virus he contracted during the mission 16 years ago a virus that only recently became active and destroyed all of his memory from the moment he was infected. Riker learns that he has been Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise for nine years and has a son, by a wife who has been dead for two years. But his most shocking discovery is that he is about to lead negotiations for a peace treaty between the Federation and their long-time adversaries, the Romulans.
Riker becomes suspicious when he learns that the U.S.S. Enterprise is escorting Romulan Ambassador Tomalak, whom Riker remembers as a Romulan captain and Federation enemy, to Outpost 23, the heart of Federation Defenses in the Neutral Zone. His suspicions are compounded when the ship's computer experiences an unusual time lag in responding to his questions about his missing years. While perusing his family records in search of clues to his past, he realizes the entire story about the virus is a charade when he discovers that the image of his late wife is actually a woman he once created using the equipment in the Holodeck.

Riker finds Tomalak on the Bridge and reveals his discovery of the charade, and at that moment the image of the bridge disappears, revealing a Romulan Holodeck. Tomalak explains that Riker was captured during the Away Team mission and that they created the images of the ship and crew by perusing his mind with neural scanners. Riker is then placed in a cell with a boy who appeared as his son in the charade. The boy, Ethan, explains that he was captured with his parents, who have been taken away.

When Tomalak returns to the cell and demands to be told the location of Outpost 23, Riker escapes with the help of Ethan. While they are in hiding, Ethan accidentally refers to Tomalak as an ambassador, when in reality he is a commander and was only an ambassador in the aborted Romulan charade. Riker catches the boy and calls his bluff, realizing that the boy is not an innocent hostage. At that moment, the scene around him fades to reveal the cavern on Alpha Onias III where the original Away Team mission was aborted.

Ethan discloses that when his people were invaded, his mother brought him to the planet for safety, leaving him with a scanner to protect him and give him everything he wanted. He lured the U.S.S. Enterprise to Alpha Onias III and kept Riker to have a companion. Riker then invites the boy to return with him to the U.S.S. Enterprise. The boy reveals his true form, as an alien named Barash, and the two transport hand-in-hand back to the starship.

Production: 182
Season: 4 Episode: 8
Air Date: 11.12.1990
Stardate: 44286.5
Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes as William Riker
Brent Spiner as Data
LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn as Worf
Gates McFadden as Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi
Andreas Katsulas as Tomalak
Carolyn McCormick as Minuet
Chris Demetral as Jean-Luc/Ethan
George O'Hanlon Jr. as N.D. Transporter Chief
April Grace as Transporter Chief Hubbell
There is a shot of a Romulan holodeck chamber. Hanging from the ceiling is the main holographic projector, which is actually an upside-down model of the Jupiter 2 spaceship from _"Lost in Space" ()_ . It was placed there as an homage by miniatures designer Ed Miarecki.

Originally, Data was going to be the Chief Science Officer on the Enterprise (like Spock was on the original "Star Trek" (1966)) and wear a blue uniform. However, the color blue clashed with the android make-up and the idea was changed. Data was reassigned as the Chief Operations Officer and sported a gold uniform for all seven seasons (except for the two-part episode "Chain of Command" in which he's promoted to first officer and wears a red tunic, as well as in "Future Imperfect" Where Data is also the first officer.

 

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STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION

"Future Imperfect"
#40274-182

Written by
J. Larry Carroll
&
David Bennett Carren

Directed by
Les Landau

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FINAL DRAFT

SEPTEMBER 13, 1990

STAR TREK: "Future Imperfect" - 9/13/90 - CAST

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION
"Future Imperfect"
CAST

PICARD                                        JEAN-LUC/ETHAN/ALIEN
RIKER                                                                      TOMALAK
DATA                                                                           MINUET
BEVERLY                                                                                   
TROI                                                                                             
GEORDI                                                                                      
WORF                                                                                         

Non-Speaking
ROMULAN GUARDS
N.D. NURSE        ROMULAN TECHNICIAN

TRANSPORTER CHIEF HUBBLE
N.D. TRANSPORTER CHIEF (FEMALE)

Non-Speaking
SUPERNUMERARIES
FERENGI ENSIGN
KLINGON WOMAN


 

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