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                                                                                    Trek: The Next Generation (TNG)
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                                                                               predecessor, the Star Trek series of the
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                                                                               dabble in time-travel and was now bringing   gence, the creation of an alternate timeline
                                                                               the curtain down with the most complex of   or reality resulting from a change inflicted
                                                                               its temporal plotlines.             on the past by someone from its future.
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                                                                               plot of “All Good Things…” as a narrative   Home.
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                                                                                                                   ping its hat somewhat to Marvel’s recent
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                                                                               Enterprise, not unlike Billy Pilgrim in Kurt   within TNG’s 24th century timeframe,
                                                                               Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five.     concerns a temporal divergence occurring
                                                                                 Time travel has been capturing the   in 2024 that refashions the future into an
                                                                               attention of listeners, readers and viewers   oppressive, militant universe and sends the
                                                                               for centuries. In its earliest narratives, time   title character and his team into the past to
                                                                               travel was pointed only in the direction of   repair the timeline.
                                                                               the future. Certain ancient myths speak   A trip to the past is nothing new for any
                                                                               of characters traveling into the future and   Star Trek series, but Picard is layered with
                                                                               back. Rip Van Winkle, the title charac-  references to time travel from both the
                                                                               ter of Washington Irving’s short story, is   franchise’s and science fiction’s history.
                                                                               considered by some a time traveler who   Within the first four episodes, there are
                                                                               witnesses life beyond his own era. And   allusions to the original Star Trek series
                                                                               even H.G. Wells in 1895 chose to send his   episode “Assignment: Earth,” in which
                                                                               time machine forward into the temporal   the Enterprise visits the 1960s, and to the
                                                                               unknown.                            film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home where
                                                                                 In the early 20th century, the notion of   the crew time travels to the 1980s. Subtle
                                                                               time travel was discussed in the stories and   references are made to Terry Gilliam’s
                                                                               letter pages of popular science-fiction mag-  time-shifting film 12 Monkeys. And, rather
                                                                               azines like Amazing Stories, but the past   ironically, the director of some Picard epi-
                                                                               had become a more interesting topic. As   sodes is Lea Thompson, the actress who
                                                                               the science of quantum mechanics exam-  appeared in the Back to the Future film
                                                                               ined the paradoxes and alternate worlds,   trilogy.
                                                                                                                      But Picard also seems to acknowledge
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                                                                                 In 2019, the Looper website noted that   temporal divergence may owe a bit of a
                                                                               Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige   debt to Endgame and Loki, and its inclusion
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