Stardate 45349.1: While rushing to aid a planet whose atmosphere has been damaged by an asteroid collision, the Enterprise is visited by Rasmussen, ostensibly a 26th century historian who has traveled in time to observe the crew’s activities. Refusing to answer any questions about the future, Rasmussen watches while attempts to salvage the planet almost worsen its condition. When Picard must make a decision that could destroy everyone on the planet or save them, he asks Rasmussen to tell him what history says about the outcome of the Enterprise’s mission – but the time traveler carefully avoids answering…and Picard wonders if Rasmussen is really protecting history, or if he even knows anything about the future at all.
written by Rick Berman
directed by Paul Lynch
music by Jay Chattaway
Guest Cast: Matt Frewer (Professor Rasmussen), Stefan Gierasch (Dr. Moseley), Sheila Franklin (Ensign), Shay Garner (Scientist)
LogBook entry by Earl Green