Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4, Episode 14

Clues (9 Feb. 1991)

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Effects of passing through a wormhole give the Enterprise crew a sense that they were unconscious for more than the thirty seconds they've been led to believe.



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During leave time aboard, Picard obliges a personal promise to Guinan by playing parts in an Al Capone period gangster mystery story, but soon a mysterious energy source takes precedence. It creates a small, unstable local wormhole, causing everybody to be unconscious, presumably for just half a minute according to the instruments. However strange changes are observed, such as spores showing a full day's growth and the ship is even off course, near a planet of another class. Doubts are inevitable, even about Data, as Geordi finds only they two were able to circumvent the computer security program preventing the clock manipulation which is the only logical explanation, and Data is in perfect working order. Geordi proves that the planet image before the black-out is a fake altered from memory banks, only Data could have switched them and staged an apparent wormhole; Data claims to be unable to verify and should be court-martialed, probably the end of his Starfleet career, but why would ... Written by KGF Vissers

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While looking over Data's shoulder at Picard, we see moving shadows on Data's back. They are in a room with no moving equipment, and no one else is in the room. See more »


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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Captain's log, stardate 44502.7 - Early completion of our mission at Harrakis V has allowed me to grant extra personal time for many of the crew. This has come as something of a relief, since our recent tight scheduling has prevented the pursuit of the leisure activities that are a normal part of life aboard the Enterprise. I expect our journey past the Ngame Nebula to be uneventful.
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Interesting Concept....but Don't Think Too Much
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With science fiction, you start by giving attributes to an alien race. In this case, it's a xenophobic planetary race that want to be left alone and has developed technology devoted to driving invaders away, causing unconsciousness, and having them go their merry ways. The problem here is Commander Data. He doesn't pass out and he remembers everything. That poses a threat to the Enterprise because he has knowledge that could bring about the end of things. The title involves a set of clues that are left behind that compromise the ruse that has been perpetrated. Beverly has some unique plants, Worf has a broken wrist, and other things don't seem right. Since Data can't tell what happened, he must stick to his guns, potentially losing his Starfleet position, even risking Court Martial. All this is quite an intricate plot but some things sort of fizzle at the end. One limitation of this show is that there are some pretty spectacular conclusions reached from some pretty modest evidence. Still, the mystery is fun and it's engaging.

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