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"Time's Arrow" seems to exist in a continuum entirely of its own making. It ranks as one of the best TNG cliffhangers,
and treats fans to canon-changing story lines and tons of in-jokes. There's just too much to absorb in one viewing! This
satisfying conclusion answers many questions left hanging at the end of Part I--the least of which is exactly what
happens when Picard and his bridge officers go undercover as a bad Shakespearean theatre company. Female fans will
appreciate the fine acting of Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher) and Marina Sirtis (Troi), who clutch at their corseted sides
and look downright pained in Victorian garb. Jerry Hardin returns as the irrepressible Samuel Clemens who sticks his
nose into everybody's business and has a whole lot of fun doing it. Not only does Hardin resemble the author physically,
but he also gets the old man's mix of crankiness and charm just right. Everybody ignores the fact that the real 1890s
San Francisco was anything but IDIC and has a good old time kicking temporal alien butt. And then there's that whole
thing with Data's head going on...
Sharp viewers will catch a major blooper regarding precisely when Guinan met Jean-Luc Picard. In "The Child," Guinan
told Wesley Crusher that she'd never met the captain before she came aboard the Enterprise-D, and yet in "Time's Arrow,"
this is definitely not the case. It's all left rather mysterious--much like the origins of the ophidian-toting aliens.