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Yesterday's Enterprise (ST TNG episode)

Third season episode of the Next Generation about a time shift bringing an older USS Enterprise into the future and the Federation into a war with the Klingons

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"When this Enterprise hits Warp 8.8 miles per hour........"

  • Jan 14, 2011
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This is one of those episodes that is wonderful for a Trek fan.  It filled in an important story piece for Trek's history and on top of that it offered a change of pace for the show.

For those not in the know, the original series of Trek was roughly 80 years before The Next Generation and in between the series, the Klingons went from being the main villians to holding a friendship with Starfleet in The Next Generation.  In this episode, we see what might have happened if the Klingons weren't our friends and that a certain act led the Federation into a long and costly war. 

While the modern day Enterprise is studying a spatial entity, another Starfleet ship emerges from the entity.  It's the USS Enterprise from years ago.  Damaged and drifting, a signifigent change occurs.  The modern day Enterprise is now lit darker and is a warship serving in a military capacity.  Worf and Troi are gone but Yar is still alive and Wesley is now a full Ensign. 

No one on board is aware of the changes on board escept for Guinan who must convince Picard that the "real timeline" awaits them.  That involves sending the older Enterprise back through the entity to it's own time to fulfill it's place in history in saving a Klingon outpost from an attack, which would mean they're death sentence but retroactively saving millions of lives.

While I love seeing the old movie style outfits that are used in this episode and different takes on the characters being in a more harsh climate, especially Picard, it was the battle scene at the end that made me like this episode the most.  Equally good is Tasha Yar coming to learn that in that other world that awaits the rest of the crew, she died pointlessly and makes decides to go out in a blaze of glory with the old Enterprise crew.  This even in and of itself would have another important event happen later on in the series.

Yesterday's Enterprise makes many top Trek lists and it is certainly on mine.  It's got a nice space action scene at the end, it brought back Yar, things were changed but still were enough the same, and filled in a crucial gap inbetween TNA and TOS concerning the Klingons.

 

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February 06, 2011
This is one of my favorite episodes of TNG, it is so in keeping with the Klingon tradition of battle for principle.
February 06, 2011
Oh yeah. This is a good one.
 
January 14, 2011
sweet review. So warp speed is the speed of light and warp 2 is twice the speed of light and warp 3 is 4x the speed of light....wow! I vaguely remember this episode....hey I owe you a Star Trek movie review as soon as my BD of VOYAGE HOME arrives...
January 14, 2011
I would LOVE to sink my teeth into some blu ray Trek but apparently only Wrath of Khan and the 2009 movie are in 1080. All the others just got a facelift. Paramount is evil when it comes to re-releasing stuff. I'll give it time. I just noticed that I didn't end the review with a snappy send off like I try to. Oh well. I can't think of any way of ending that one right now.
 
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Quick Tip by . August 14, 2010
Probably my fave The Next Generation episode. Very moving.
Quick Tip by . July 24, 2010
Terrific and original story about a piece of the Federation's past and an example of how changing the past alters the future, and in this case not for the better. Original ideas like this are few and far between. I love the altered bridge set and it was great to see Tasha Yar again.
Quick Tip by . July 21, 2010
Phenomenal and original story about a piece of the Federation's past and an example of how changing the past alters the future, and in this case not for the better. Original ideas like this are few and far between. I love the altered bridge set and it was great to see Tasha Yar again.
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