ST:TNG 4.14 Clues ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch

A few little crumbs leave The Enterprise in a boat load of trouble in 4.14 Clues.

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Season 4, Episode 14

  • After going through a wormhole and being momentarily knocked out, The Enterprise crew keep finding clues that they may have been effected for longer than that even though Data who was unaffected keeps insisting to the contray.
    Character Focus:
    • Data is the focus here, mostly by his odd behaviour and the crew questioning the truth of what he says and his own actions.
    • Troi also has limelight time as she's taken over by the Paxans and speaks for them, too bad when they chose and empath that there would but clue-like after effects.

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    What I remembered about this episode:
    • I remember the huge, scary, impact of Troi looking in the mirror and seeing a face that wasn't hers. The sheer horror of that happening is totally freaky.
    What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
    • It's amazing how often both Troi and Data end up being the 'communicators' for alien races. Troi often as an emotional interface, and Data as a technical one.
    • I think Marina Sirtis does a great job in this episode as the alien speaker, although they do use what I think of as the 'Stargate' voice with the altering affect.
    • It's pretty extreme for the Paxans to be so xenophobic that they don't want anyone, ever, knowing they are around. It's not the first xenophobic race the crew has encounter, but certainly feels the most extreme.
    What feels different now, than then:
    • It was a challenge to pick images that really 'read' as this episode, a lot of it is just everyday stuff on the ship and talking to each other. But those flower-things (moths? mold?) certainly tip it off for me.
    • I loved seeing alien-possessed Troi knock Worf across the room!
    What remained the same:
    • It's so unnerving to see Data lie, or at least omit the truth, and you can see what a touchstone of truth he is for the crew who are uncomfortable even discussing or acting on the fact that he's being dishonest.
    • I still don't understand how they were only suppose to be knocked out for 30 seconds, but it was much longer. They talk about resetting the ships chronometer but won't they know when they are at the next starbase they are off? I don't get it - either it felt like 30 seconds but it was longer and that's okay, or the second time they go through the knock-out there should be a longer period of time noted for there to be no 'clues' to eventually reveal.
    What I see differently:
    • This is the second episode that's I've watched in Season 4 where I kind of mesh it with another one. I knew it was the one where they lost more time than expected and that Data was lying but I thought something different happened when they were knocked out or even had to go through the cycle more than twice.
    • Often with episodes that have one big reveal that's not shown until almost the episode, I find it hard to enjoy the re-watch (like 4.08 Future Imperfect and 4.09 Final Mission), but with
    Great Quotes:
    • "Perhaps we've got a tempest in a test tube after all." - Picard
    • "We're lucky we didn't end up halfway across the galaxy into the middle of next week." - Riker
    • "Clues were left behind that suggested a mystery. And to many humans, a mystery is irresistible. It must be solved." - Picard
    Left off at:
    When The Enterprise enters the Paxans space for the second time, Picard explains that they only returned due to clues being left behind and if they are removed they won't be tempted to return again. The Paxans agree to wipe their memory again and The Enterprise wakes again and leaves the area placing a hazard beacon and sending a probe instead on investigating further.

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