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Star Trek - The Next Generation, Episode 82: Future Imperfect

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When Commander William Riker (Jonathan Frakes) leads an away team to investigate a suspected Romulan base near the Neutral Zone, he and the others are suddenly overcome by poisonous gases. Rider awakens, back on theEnterprise, but something has gone … see full wiki

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It ends with a dull and uninteresting thud

  • Apr 17, 2009
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This episode is engaging until the last five minutes or so when it closes with one of the most implausible endings of any episode in the series. Commander Riker leads an away team on a mission that is aborted due to the buildup of dangerous gas. However, when he awakens in sickbay his first sight is that of an aged Dr. Crusher. He is told that sixteen years ago he was infected with a virus that damaged his memory and that for the last nine years he has been captain of the Enterprise. Picard is now an Admiral and when he arrives Picard informs Riker that he is the only one that can handle delicate negotiations with the Romulans over a peace treaty with the Federation. Riker also learns that he has a son and that his mother is dead.
It does not take long for Riker to start finding holes in his current reality and it fades, replaced by his being in a cell, a prisoner of the Romulans. The Romulans are trying to extract critical information from Riker and they are determined to get it. A young boy is his cellmate and together they escape although Riker quickly realizes that this new reality is also a false one. Finally, it all fades away to just him and the "boy", which is not a human at all. It is an alien being that was just lonely. In a bizarre conclusion, Riker seems to have no interest in learning about "him"; he just beams back to the Enterprise. Given the mission of the Enterprise as stated in the opening, this ending lands with a dull and uninteresting thud.

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Studio: Paramount

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