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Friday, March 29, 2019

We'll Always Have Paris


TNG Season 1 Episode 24
Air Date: May 2nd, 1988

Plot

The Enterprise experiences a moment of Deja Vu, where a few seconds repeat themselves. They trace the disturbance to an asteroid with a research base on it from a scientist that Picard knows, Dr. Manheim. He knows Manheim because he married Picard's ex-girlfriend Jenice who he stood up in Paris before going off to start his Starfleet carries.

Dr. Manheim had created a tear in space time to another dimension which was slowly killing him. Eventually it would cause the two dimensions to combine effectively destroying everything. Data was able to beam to the station and use antimatter to close the gap, though there were three Data's and they had to know which was the right one to insert the antimatter.

Commentary

While this episode focuses on the past relationship between Picard and Jenice, it actually shows that there is a real attraction between Doctor Crusher and Picard. There is a scene where Crusher is talking to Troi talking about how she can't compete with someone Picard once loved.

Quotes

"I believe what could be termed as The Manheim Effect is becoming more pronounced." - Data

"Data, I want this to be an away team of one - you. I don't think there's any reason to risk anyone else." - Picard
"It is reasonable, sir. After all, I am a machine, and dispensable." - Data
"In-dispensable is the appropriate word." - Picard

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