||The Next Generation
|Disc No :
|First Aired :
||24 May 1993
||Michael A. Medlock
|Guest Cast :
||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 :
||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.
||"It pulses unendingly all through the night..." - Riker's poem. I fall about laughing whenever I hear this line!
Riker must confront a duplicate of himself accidentally created and stranded on a barren planet eight years ago.
Another good performance by Frakes makes this one an interesting episode.