ST:TNG 6.15 Tapestry ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch

Picard gets a chance to see his life if he made different choices in 6.15 Tapestry.

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I've had quite the hiatus, but it's time to get back to the Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch. We re-sume with ...

Season 6, Episode 15

  • Picard is brought to Sick Bay when his artificial heart bursts and appears to kill him, but Q gives him the opportunity to re-live his life and make different choices.
Character Focus:
  • Picard is the focus here as the story entirely revolves around him. We see what his life was like when he just graduated from The Academy, how he has changed over the years, and what his life would have been like if he had made "safer" choices.
  • Q also plays a big part here (obviously), although we don't see too much of him. We've already seen him this season in 6.06 True Q where he mentors an Earth-born Q about the ways of the Q.
  • Although this episode is almost entirely devoid of the regular cast, both Riker and Troi interact with a future, safer version of Picard which is interesting to see as they refer to him as someone with lofty goals, but not much follow through. .

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What I remembered about this episode:
  • I remember being fascinated while I watched this episode. To see Picard's past was a huge treat, and I'm pretty sure we knew from a previous episode that he had an artificial heart as Pulaski had to save the day and fix it (2.17 Samaritan Snare).
  • I remember not thinking that Picard would be the crazy get into fights kind of person, and the horror of him being someone that was seen never having the potential to be a Captain.
What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
  • This one feels a bit different watching it and being older, because I can actually reflect back on choices made and opportunities seized or passed up; where as when I watched it when I was younger it was purely conceptual.
What feels different now, than then:
  • On re-watches, episodes like this have less tension as there isn't an actual worry that Picard would make it though and be okay. But with that in mind, you can focus more on all aspects of the story, and it was interesting to see that the relationships he had with his friends couldn't be sustained with his current personality.
  • It's an interesting message in a way as it counters the common idea of hindsight being 20/20. Not so much.
What remained the same:
  • It's so brilliant that Picard laughs when he eventually gets stabbed by the Nausicaan, because in a different episode he says that this happens and that there is a bit of confusion as to why he would laugh at this moment. When we see it here, it can be interpreted that he is laughing because he knows he will live his life as he knew it and there is a odd, comical but tragic relief in that moments.
What I see differently:
  • When I realized which episode this was (less than 30 seconds into the ep), I was so excited as I love this one. But as it went on, it felt a little sad in a way as it clearly had the No Risk, No Reward mentality; but also I wondered if it was also saying that risk like that are only to be taken when you are young.
  • I also saw differently that one of the big themes of this episode is friendship, and knowing who has your back. From that perspective it was shocking to see Picard step in and throw his own friend out of the way of a fight as opposed to backing him up.
Great Quotes:
  • "I refuse to believe that the afterlife is run by you. The universe is not so badly designed." - Picard
  • "Please, spare me your egotistical musings on your pivotal role in history. Nothing you do here will cause the Federation to collapse or galaxies to explode. To be blunt, you're not that important." - Q
  • "There are many parts of my youth that I'm not proud of. There were... loose threads - untidy parts of me that I would like to remove. But when I... pulled on one of those threads - it unraveled the tapestry of my life." - Picard
Left off at:
After seeing what his life would be like if he made safer choices, Picard decides that it would be better to die after living the life he had. After re-enacting the big fight with the Nausicaan, he wakes up alive in current day (and rank) on The Enterprise.

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Tink said…
I found your blog through Kickin' It Old Skool (so it's already working!) and I'm glad I did. Over the last 2 to 3 years I've been re-watching all episodes of Deep Space Nine, Voyager and TNG. :)

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