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Review

Series : The Next Generation Rating : 4
Disc No : 6.5 Episode : 149
First Aired : 24 May 1993 Stardate : 46915.2
Director : LeVar Burton Year : 2369
Writers : Michael A. Medlock Season : 6
Guest Cast :
Carl David Burks as Russell
Dr. Mae Jemison as Lieutenant Palmer
Jonathan Frakes as Lieutenant William Thomas Riker
Tracee Lee Cocco as Lieutenant Jae
YATI : Surely Lieutenant Riker should get the same promotion as Commander Riker did for his actions on Nervala IV. They were both the same person then, after all.
Great Moment : The special effects shots showing the two Rikers together are superb - especially the scene in which one Riker puts a trombone down and then the other picks it up in the same shot.
Body Count : Zero.
Factoid : The original intent of the writing staff was, amazingly, to kill Commander Riker and move Data up to first officer, permanently keeping the duplicate Riker as a much more career-hungry younger self still in love with Troi! When Berman and Piller refused to allow this it was decided to kill off the younger Riker, but Piller suggested a more surprising ending would be to allow both to live.

Plotline

Riker must confront a duplicate of himself accidentally created and stranded on a barren planet eight years ago.

Analysis

Another good performance by Frakes makes this one an interesting episode.
Copyright Graham Kennedy Page views : 10,489 Last updated : 24 Nov 2014