When Next Generation kicked off its sixth season on September 26, 1992, it was with the resolution of the fifth-season cliffhanger "Time's Arrow." A quick recap apprises the viewer that, while investigating a curious archeological discovery, Lt. Cmdr. Data was sucked into a time vortex, emerging in 19th century San Francisco. Likewise heading into the past to rescue their comrade, the crew discovers that the Earth is in danger of a devastating alien invasion. Their efforts to ward off this disaster are complicated by the presence of a snoopy reporter by the name of Samuel Clemens (Jerry Hardin). Part two of "Time's Arrow" was scripted by Jeri Taylor, from a story by Joe Menosky and Michael Piller.