Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3, Episode 15

Yesterday's Enterprise (17 Feb. 1990)

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The Enterprise C enters the Enterprise D's time and space continuum, where they find Picard and crew in a constant state of war with the Klingons, and only Guinan knows it.

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The Enterprise is observing a celestial anomaly, something akin to a wormhole when a starship appears having traveled through it. To everyone's surprise, the ship is an earlier version of the Enterprise, the Enterprise-C commanded by Captain Rachel Garrett. The instant the Enterprise-C arrives however, history is changed. Captain Picard and his Enterprise are battle weary with the Federation having been at war with the Klingon Empire for 20 years. Lt. Tasha Yar is alive with Lt. Worf nowhere to be found. Guinan knows something is wrong and Picard realizes that the Enterprise-C must return to its own time and place if their time line is to be restored. Written by garykmcd

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In the alternate time-line, this episode's story writer Trent Christopher Ganino's name can be seen on a tactical situation monitor showing the progress of the Klingons in their war with the Federation. See more »

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Just before the Enterprise-C enters the rift to go back to their time 22 years previous, the Enterprise-D is taking fire from the Klingons. A dark bar indicative of a dolly arm shadow can be seen passing from port to starboard on the Enterprise's surface. See more »

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Natasha Yar: [on the ship coming through the anomaly] Definitely Federation starship. Accessing registry...
Commander William T. Riker: Looks like they had a rough ride.
Natasha Yar: "NCC 1701 - C... USS - Enterprise"...
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an interesting "what if"
15 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have often thought that it would have been great had the writers of this episode added one simple detail: what if the Enterprise C or the Enterprise D had dropped a log recorder buoy as the rift were closing and before the time line was corrected? There have been precedents of this happening in past episodes, In the original series, "The Cage," the reason Capt Pike investigates a planet is because they find a ships recorder floating in space. In other episodes, Capt Kirk has copies of the ships log jettisoned when he felt they were soon to be destroyed.

In this scenario, since both Enterprises' know that the future in which they came to meet was not supposed to take place, either one of them could have left a record of their existence in THAT reality. This would have come in especially handy since in future episodes Capt pichard is confronted by someone who is a direct result of that momentary confluence of the two time periods from this episode.


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