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Why is Worf stuck at the helm? It's telling that the changes are all the sort of changes that would have immediate emotional meaning; Geordi having real eyes or Data being Riker's First Officer mean something to Will right off, because these are people he's connected to in his regular life. For the most part, we don't get the new personnel one would expect if this really were nearly decades down the road. There aren't any unfamiliar faces moved into prominent roles, even though there should be.

Take a look at your own life. You may still know some of the same people you knew 16 years ago, but those people don't make up your entire world anymore. So here we are, thinking we're really clever because we know something strange is going on here, and then Picard and Troi arrive in a Romulan Bird of Prey and seem to deliver the answer into our hands. The Romulans are willing to sign the treaty, but one of the requirements is that the Federation divulge the location of Outpost 23, a spot that used to be lodestone of Starfleet's defenses in the Neutral Zone.

Riker objects, and Picard explains that things have changed significantly in the time Riker forgets, and that the outpost is no longer strategically relevant. Which is awfully convenient, isn't it, especially with Tomalak hanging around.


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So, again, because of the cleverness, we assume all this future imperfection is a Romulan attempt to trick Riker into divulging key information. When Riker watches video of his dead wife and recognizes "Min" as "Minuet," the holographic ideal woman from back in season one, we're surprised at how he figured it out but not by what he figured out. It's a great scene, too. I especially like the relish with which Riker tells "Picard" to shut up. Then Tomalak ends the program, and we're all, like, "A-ha! I knew it! That jerkface," because this is what we were expecting.

At least, this is what I was expecting. Sure, there's ten minutes left in the episode, but surely that can be given over to Riker struggling to find a way to escape his captors.

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And it sort of is, until Riker meets up with the young boy who played his son. So desperate that Riker doesn't even realize he's being played again till "Ethan" slips up. See, this I was not expecting. There's enough curiosity in finding out just how Riker's future differs from his present to make the first two-thirds interesting even once you realize it's all imaginary er, more imaginary than usual, I mean , and it's interesting trying to figure out just why we see what we see, once we realize it's supposed to be part of his own fantasy.

Kind of funny that Troi isn't his wife. The final twist gives it an extra edge for me. I can see people not liking it because it's sort of corny and because it relies once again on magical alien technology. But what saves it is that the technology is ultimately impotent. Riker sees through both ruses eventually, and I like to think that the reason "Ethan," aka Barash, is so lonely is that he, too, can't believe in what the machines show him for very long.

This isn't really godlike. His race is dead, his mother sacrificed herself to save him, and now, he's stuck on a rock with pretty pictures that can't help but break his heart. I'm not sure the episode quite earns the pathos, but I liked it. Late in the episode, Wesley and Picard are trapped on a strange planet, hiding from the overpowering sun in a cave where the only water is guarded by a powerful and inexplicable energy force.

Picard is seriously injured, possibly dying, and Wesley is freaking out a little.

He wanted Jean-Luc, the closest thing to a father he has anymore, to be proud of him. It's the moment of honesty much of this episode has been building to, and it should be a powerful reminder of the bond these two share.

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I have no doubt he'll be back for occasional guest turns, but for now, at least, he's headed back to the Academy, and there's no ill-timed rescue mission to block his way. Before he goes, he's given one last storyline to indicate that he's well on the path to manhood and to give his relationship with Picard a satisfying note to close on. It's nice to see Wesley getting another arc, especially one that uses his super genius in a way that doesn't make him infuriatingly precocious.

The pair must overcome their addictions and embrace their love for each other in order to do the impossible: change the future. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Future Imperfect by K. Future Imperfect Future Imperfect 1 by K. Ryer Breese Goodreads Author. Ade Patience can see the future and it's destroying his life. When the seventeen-year-old Mantlo High School student knocks himself unconscious, he can see days and decades into his own future.

Ade's the best of Denver's "divination" underground and eager to join the heralded Mantlo Diviners, a group of similarly enabled teens. Yet, unlike the Diviners, Ade Patience doesn. Yet, unlike the Diviners, Ade Patience doesn't see the future out of curiosity or good will; Ade gives himself concussions because he's addicted to the high, the Buzz, he gets when he breaks the laws of physics. And while there have been visions he's wanted to change, Ade knows the Rule: You can't change the future, no matter how hard you try.

Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Future Imperfect 1. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Future Imperfect , please sign up. Is that Misha Collins on the cover? One to Ten, How good is this book? See 2 questions about Future Imperfect…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Ade possesses an interesting supernatural power of seeing the future when knocked unconscious.

What I Liked: This book had an interesting premise but the book went downhill once I learned what Vauxhall needed to do in order to use her own unique supernatural power.

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I was disturbed by it. Consider yourself warned. Then later on, right after Ade has sex with her, Ade whores out his so-called girlfriend to find out what Jimi could possibly be up to! He originally saw her 2 years ago in one of his glimpses into his future and has been in love with her ever since. I found Ade to be pretty pathetic for staying in love with Vauxhall. Overall Impression: Future Imperfect was not a book for me.

Jan 18, Angela rated it it was ok Shelves: young-adult , paranormal , issues , arc , read-in Creative idea but disjointed execution In K. Though most consider him a freak, Ade knows his dangerous addiction allows him to see into his own future.