Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Star Trek The Next Generation Time Travel/Alternate Reality Episodes

While browsing though the Star Trek Next Generation episodes on Amazon.com, I realized that I had not seen as many of the original episodes as I thought, so some of the titles were completely new to me. Also, Star Trek The Next Generation has a number of episodes that aren’t actually time-travel, or alternate reality, but the story-lines contain outside the normal reality type situations.

So, with those two things in mind, this initial list is rather loose, as it contains episodes that, while not time travel, etc. per se, may still be of interest to individuals who enjoy those type stories.

At the time of this episode compilation, you can watch Star Trek Next Generation, seasons 1 through 7, free on Amazon.com, if you have Amazon Prime.

Season 1

The Neutral Zone: While traveling to a meeting with the hostile Romulans, the crew discovers a ship containing three frozen Americans from the 20th century.


Season 2

  • Time Squared: The U.S.S. Enterprise discovers a Federation shuttle containing an exact double of Captain Picard from six hours in the future.
  • Q-Who?: The crew is hurled into the future by the malevolent Q, who sets them up for destruction by a race of half-human, half-robot aliens known as the Borgs.


Season 3

  • Yesterday’s Enterprise: The course of history is altered when a time rift brings a Starship Enterprise from the past into the present with a crew that includes Tasha Yar.
  • Captain’s Holiday: While on vacation, Picard becomes entangled in the search for a missing weapon from the future


Season 4

  • Remember Me: Wesley’s experiment with warp fields result in the mysterious disappearance of the crew.
  • Future Imperfect: After an Away Team mission fails, Riker awakens in sickbay to discover sixteen years have passed and he now commands the Enterprise.
  • Clues Picard and the crew are shocked to discover that Data is lying to them.


Season 5

  • A Matter of Time: Picard’s quest to save an endangered planet leads him to violate a Prime Directive when he seeks advice from a visitor from the future.
  • Cause and Effect: The Enterprise is trapped in a time warp that forces the crew to endlessly repeat the same experiences.
  • The Inner Light: After a mysterious accident, Picard wakes up living the life of another person on a faraway planet.
  • Time’s Arrow (Part 1): After Data learns of his own death in late-19th-century San Francisco, a freak accident transports him back to that period.


Season 6

  • Time’s Arrow (Part 2): The Enterprise crew travels between the 19th and 24th centuries in an attempt to prevent Data’s death in 19th century San Francisco.
  • Relics: Trapped in limbo for 75 years, “Star Trek’s” Scotty awakens to join the “Next Generation” in the 24th century.
  • Tapestry: After Picard loses his life in a surprise attack, Q gives him the chance to change his destiny.
  • Second Chances: Returning to the site of an eight-year-old mission, Riker encounters an identical double of himself, who tries to rekindle a relationship with Troi.
  • Timescape: The Enterprise is frozen in time on the brink of total annihilation, and Picard must figure out how to rescue it without destroying it.


Season 7

  • Parallels: Returning to the Enterprise from a competition, Worf finds reality changing, and is troubled when no one else seems to notice.
  • Homeward: Worf’s foster brother violates the Prime Directive in an effort to save a doomed alien race.
  • All Good Things: Picard finds himself traveling between the past, present, and future while attempting to prevent the destruction of humanity… by his own actions.