Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 7, Episode 11

Parallels (27 Nov. 1993)

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On his return from a bat'leth competition in the Klingon Empire, Worf finds himself shifting realities where events and details are in a constant state of flux and only he is aware of the changes.



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Lieutenant Worf proudly returns, by shuttle, from a holiday in the Klingon Empire as winner of a battle tournament. Back on the Enterprise nothing is normal, and everything keeps changing repeatedly. He's convinced it's not his memory. He finds himself promoted to XO and married to Deanna, with two children (instead of Alexander), but unable to work the command console during a battle with the Cardassians - a situation that never took place, even their empire is taken over. After analyzing Geordi was in all the subsequent transition scenes, standing at his autopsy, Data works out a quantum physics answer. This spells huge potential consequences, not just for Worf but for the whole ship, and even much more. Written by KGF Vissers

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The first time Worf is seen in a red uniform since Season 1. He would wear it permanently in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). See more »


When Worf checks his personal log after the Cardassian attack on the Enterprise, he accesses "Any personal logs referencing the bat'leth tournament", the log mentions he will not be able to attend and his brother must take his place. But it still has the same stardate given in the other universes after the competition has ended. See more »


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Lieutenant Worf: Personal log, stardate 47391.2 - I am returning from the bat'leth competition on Forcas III. The conditions were difficult. Several contestants were maimed, but... I was triumphant. I won Champion Standing. I am looking forward to resuming my duties aboard the Enterprise. However, I am anticipating a troubling situation.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Ethics (1992) See more »


For He is a Jolly Good Fellow
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Not a fissure in the space-time continuum!!
2 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Worf has just arrived back to the Enterprise from a shuttlecraft trip to a Klingon manliness tournament. He's then surprised by a birthday party and all is well--especially since he won the tournament. However, soon things start changing on the ship. First, his birthday cake changes flavors and then his trophy for winning now is for 9th place! Later, after many more changes, the evidence is that he never even attended the tournament. But it gets more extreme and one of the changes finds Worf married to Counselor Troi! Oddly, Worf is the only one who is aware of these changes.

On IMDb, this is a very highly rated episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation". I assume this is because you get to see all sorts of alternatives for the characters--such as Worf getting married and many other changes. However, I really hated the show because it was so reliant on so much stuff that just sounded like a lot of mumbo-jumbo--with talk about fissures in the space-time continuum, lots of quantum realities and an inverse warp field. It reminds me of the Voltaire song about this aspect of the show called the "USS Make S*** Up"--about how lots of silly solutions for each escape are just pulled out of thin air.

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