[TNG] Yesterday’s Enterprise

[TNG] Season 3, Episode 15: Yesterday’s Enterprise

Yesterday's EnterpriseRating: 5

This episode has a pretty perfect blend of character moments, suspense, and  world-building. It also gives Tasha Yar a more noble send-off. A lot of the ideas in this episode will later be run into the ground by both Trek and science fiction in general, but “Yesterday’s Enterprise” takes advantage of the alternate reality premise, showing how these characters are shaped by the different events of the new timeline in a believable and insightful way.

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Notes:

Worf drinks prune juice

Worf drinks prune juice for the first time!

Then Enterprise C comes out of a time portal!

Then Enterprise C comes out of a portal from 22 years in the past! I like the design of the ship.

Things are different. Guinan can feel it

Things are different. Guinan can feel it

Enterprise is some kind of a battle ship. They wear belts and Yar is back

Enterprise is some kind of a battle ship, at war with the Klingons. Yar is back

They start to fix up Enterprise C

They start to fix up Enterprise C

Guinan says they have to send the ship back through the portal, even though they will die. They were paramount in the peace treaty between the Klingons and the Federation

Guinan says they have to send the ship back through the portal, even though they will die. They were paramount in the peace treaty between the Klingons and the Federation

Picard ahs to break the news to the captain of the Enterprise C. She's pretty cool

Picard has to break the news to the captain of the Enterprise C. She’s pretty cool

A guy likes Yar

Shooter McGavin likes Yar.

The captain dies in a Klingon attack!

The captain dies in a Klingon attack!

Yar gets funny looks from Guinan. Guinan tells her that she's supposed to have died in some meaningless way

Yar gets funny looks from Guinan. Guinan tells her that she’s supposed to have died in a mediocre episode

Yar decides to go back with the C crew

Yar decides to go back with the C crew. “Sure, it’s only super important that everything happens the way it did. Throwing a tactical officer from the future into the mix should be ok. Watch out for Romulans!”

Another Klingon attack!

Another Klingon attack!

But they make it through

But they make it through.

 

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  • Steffen

    Like you, I really like the charakter of Rachel Garrett. It says a lot that the writers and (to a bigger part) actress Tricia O’Neil brought more life and depht to a charakter that only appears in one episode, in a few scenes, than other series never achieved in seven years. I’m thinking Harry Kim here. Or Paris.

  • Wes

    I agree, awesome episode. Yar on the bridge of the warship Enterprise is an awesome twist (even if Worf is one of my favorite episodes). Garrett is an awesome character, and Shooter McGavin eats klingons for breakfast (errr, wait a minute…) Always was pissed they killed off Yar with a talking tar pit. Imagine if she had been alive and kicking when they dealt with the Borg?

  • Michael Peters

    I saw this episode again earlier this week, for the first time since the final season, when I vaguely recall a broadcast of the 5 best episodes. The scene where Picard yells “Not good enough” and thumps the desk, I thought was a good insight into how the stress of the war was wearing on Starfleet. Picard in in the ‘regular’ Star Trek universe can be gruff and no-nonsense, but that tempermental, perhaps frustrated outburst in the alternate universe was telling. I definitely agree with the 5.0 rating; still one of the best episodes.

    • Cecil Gershwin Palmer

      I agree with what you said, I was thinking that as well–I feel they did a good job with showing how the war affected Picard (and by extension, Starfleet). Not over the top, but just enough. The difference between the two versions of him really stand out.

      • Malachi Ward

        Agreed. Really nuanced performance from Stewart, and much of the main cast. It would’ve been easy to try and make them all dramatically different, but it somehow feels more dire when they’re all just frayed at the edges.

  • Keith Allingham

    Best episode of the TNG series.