Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 4 Episode 14

Clues

9
Aired Unknown Feb 11, 1991 on CBS
8.7
out of 10
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229 votes
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Stardate: 44502.7 Upon investigating a newly-discovered Class M planet, the crew is knocked unconscious. Data claims that they had only lost thirty seconds, but the crew begins to discover clues that Data may be lying about more than just that small detail.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • unreasonble episode

    2.0
    If everything about the aliens are eliminated from the ship's computer and memories of all crew members except Data's. Also in the end of the episode, Picard should again gives strict order to Data that it can abosolutely not to reveal anything about the aliens to anyone including Picard himself. Ask yourself a question: "This record (meaning this episode) is told by whom?"
  • Great mystery - poor payoff....

    8.0
    .... Like "The Wounded," Star Trek: TNG Season 4 episode "Clues" is mostly a great episode only to be undone by its wobbly ending. A great mystery unfolds when, after the crew is knocked unconscious when they come across an uncharted planet, the crew begins to suspect that Data is withholding information from them about their ordeal. This episode keeps the viewer guessing and glued to the screen for the majority of its runtime but a cheap cop-out ending ultimately leaves the viewer in a state of disbelief.moreless
  • Great mystery episode

    8.0
    One of TNG's best mystery episodes, this bottle show isn't without some logic problems if you think about things too much, but these are forgivable because of how well the episode plays out. As the story progresses, the Enterprise crew (and the viewing audience) have to deal with the idea that either things are increasingly not making any sense or the Enterprise's most trustworthy crewmember is outright lying. Seeing said trustworthy character (Data) dealing with the doubts of his shipmates is half the fun.moreless
  • A nice mystery.

    8.0
    I actually like the teaser here, though you only appreciate its connection the main story on second viewing.



    The writers were smart enough not to give away the ending too early, as they did on "Remember Me". And in some ways, this plot anticipates "Cause and Effect" -- do we really have control over our fates, or are we doomed to our circumstances?



    In addition, the writers took the advantage of the door opened by "Brothers" - the possibility that good old dependable Data might not be fully worthy of the crew's trust or ours.



    While I wouldn't characterize this episode as one of my favorites, it's a fun, well-plotted 45 minutes.moreless
  • Strange occurrences and a stranger reason for them occurring, complete with sappy "You are worthy" speech. We all know Data is hiding something, but why? And who broke Worf's wrist?

    7.3
    It's Troi who takes a crack at Worf, while inhabited by an alien psi force that can increase her strength without any after effects for her.



    Why didn't Picard say "Leave a warning beacon" at the episode's start? Surely other, less obvious clues, might come back to haunt them?



    For some reasons, a crewmember was involved before their memories were wiped out. Crusher did this, Troi did that, Data did the other thing.



    Why not order Data to erase his memory instead of keeping his mouth shut? It would be accessible by the Borg, Lore, or anyone else who could tap into Data's memory cells. It would make the mystery even darker and would have been a terrific spin, nor having everyone question Data - which in of itself is a fair idea, but it doesn't come across as well as it could.



    While the first three acts are somewhat tedious and it's clear Data is hiding something. But the final act does convincingly make the whole affair believable despite its flaws.



    Not bad, but by no means perfect.moreless
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

Pamela Winslow

Pamela Winslow

Ensign McKnight

Guest Star

Rhonda Aldrich

Rhonda Aldrich

Madeline

Guest Star

Tom Knickerbocker

Tom Knickerbocker

Gunman

Guest Star

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg

Guinan

Recurring Role

Colm Meaney

Colm Meaney

Miles O'Brien

Recurring Role

Patti Yasutake

Patti Yasutake

Alyssa Ogawa

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • It is unclear how Picard expects the lost time to remain lost. Time is kept quite precisely on the ship with all communications, log entries, and everything else time-stamped. Even if the ship's chronometer is flipped back, a difference in time stamps would be evident.

    • Would it not have made a whole lot more sense for Data to simply tell Picard (in private) what was really going on? Picard could have stopped the investigation and everyone would be on their merry way. There was no reason for Data to risk the safety of the ship just to keep his secret.

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  • NOTES (1)

    • This is the last time that we would see Picard using his Dixon Hill holodeck program in the series. He would use it once more in Star Trek: First Contact.

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