The Next Generation
Disc No :
First Aired :
24 May 1993
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.
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.