Star Trek: The Next Generation/Future Imperfect

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Future Imperfect
Season 4, Episode 8
Airdate November 12, 1990
Written by J. Larry Carroll &
David Bennett Carren
Directed by Les Landau
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Future Imperfect is the eighth episode of the fourth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the eighty-second episode overall.

Starring: Patrick Stewart (Capt. Jean-Luc Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Cmdr. William Riker),

Also Starring: LeVar Burton (Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge), Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf), Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi), Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data), Wil Wheaton (Ensign Wesley Crusher) (credit only)

Guest Stars: Andreas Katsulas (Cmdr. Tomalak), Chris Demetral (Jean-Luc Riker / Ethan), Carolyn McCormick (Minuet)

Co-Stars: Patti Yasutake (Nurse), Todd Merrill (Gleason), April Grace (Transporter Chief Hubbell), George O'Hanlon, Jr. (Transporter Chief)


Plot Overview

Riker is tricked into thinking that he has lost the last 16 years of this memory, that he is now captain of the Enterprise, and that he has a son.


Arc Advancement




At one point when Riker still believes that he is in the future, his "son", Jean-Luc, shows Riker a picture of his mother, Minuet. He knows right then that it is a ruse, because Minuet is the holodeck woman created by the Binars in the episode "11001001" -- he knows she was a holodeck creation.


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