Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 7 Episode 11

Parallels

5
Aired Unknown Nov 29, 1993 on CBS
9.1
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Stardate: 47391.2 Worf returns from a Klingon competition to find that he is shifting through different realities.

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  • "Captain, we're receiving 285,000 hails."

    8.5
    With its simple but high concept, this Worf episode is a fan favorite thanks to its many subtle variances and intentional inconsistencies, challenging the viewer to keep up with the story and its shifting details. Writer Brannon Braga's premise is perfect for a show this late in its life, because the story lends itself to playing off previous episodes, with its exploration of alternate results to past choices and twists of fortune. The script also takes advantage of the show's many years of building characters, with the plot necessitating more background players than usual. (In fact, with these advantages, it's easy to see why the writers decided to take the basic idea for this episode and modify it for the series finale.)



    And hey, it's just plain cool to hear Wesley say, "Captain, we're receiving 285,000 hails."moreless
  • I FINALLY Get to see the ending.....

    10
    .....I have seen this episode before, but the tape didn't have the ending on it, but I just now got to see it, so now I got to tape the rest of the episode. Everything is very different in this episode, and then there is another episode where Geordi gets injured, killed, and he is the cause of the problem to begin with.... they seem to pick on Geordi like they pick on Wesley..... and this episode Worf returns from a competition, and then things keep changing, and it takes some time to figure things out... and this is another episode where Worf and Deanna are in love.... and close to the end there are about 285,000 enterprises, and when Worf is back on the Shuttle the shuttle is filled with Worfs..... and he wins the contest after all....moreless
  • A good episode for Worf's character.

    9.8
    An amazing plot that shows us a more in depth look at Lt. Worf. All the changing realities gave the episode a spunk that some could not supply to our beloved Worf. I loved the changes of the ship. I believe some of the changes were similar to those in the future Enterprise in 'All Good Things." A nice marriage to Troi and a brief apperance my Wil Wheaton ad Wesley Crusher. I still wonder what happened to Dr. Crusher in this episode, either she was dead (as was Jean-Luc Picard), or had been transfered to another star ship. Enjoy!moreless
  • 45 minutes of entertainment and clever writing - worth watching for the quirks alone. It all starts with a slice of chocolate cake...

    8.5
    Judging by the high rating and ecstatic reviews, I'm more lukewarm on this episode than most. This isn't a particularly "heavy" episode intellectually or emotionally, but it does offer plenty of entertainment.



    The writers clearly had fun fooling around with "what if" on this episode, throwing in increasingly bizarre/absurd twists. Data's blue eyes, the marriage to Counselor Troi, the changes to the bridge's look, Wesley as an officer, and finally the scene with the many Enterprises. That scene really is the highlight of the episode - played for laughs (285,000 hails!) and drama (the Enterprise from the Borg universe).



    Among the best of the uneven 7th season.moreless
  • Worf the time traveler (cue Huey Lewis tune)....

    10
    Back from a recent Bat'leth competition, Worf begins to experience dizziness - and one of those all-too-common side effects of dizziness: changes in reality. Sometimes things are, at first changed only slightly for Worf - a birthday cake changes color, different people switch places or are present or disappear - but then sometimes events around Worf change - Worf will suddenly find himself on an Enterprise that is in battle or he is married to Troi. No matter what reality Worf finds himself in, each one is not his and he must find a way to restore time.



    "Parallels" is an excellent episode that is extremely well written and acted - a thrilling mystery with an ever-challenged Worf at the center, who comes out all the better for it in the end. Naturally, Michael Dorn puts on one of his finest Star Trek showings in his near two-decade association with the series, there is little that Worf does not experience in one of the many alternate realities that he passes through.



    "Parallels" is, specifically, one of the alternate reality episodes that are a part of Star Trek. A type of episode that seems to divide fans, "Parallels" breaks the mold as there is seemingly an odd consensus that this is one of the best TNG episodes ever (or at least one of the best episodes from TNG season 7). For my money, "Parallels" is easily one of the best when grouping it as an alternate reality episode or just viewing it as an overall TNG episode. It is also perhaps the episode that best addresses the idea that one action, whatever its degree of significance, can dictate our futures.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

Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton

Wesley Crusher

Guest Star

Mark Bramhall

Mark Bramhall

Gul Nador

Guest Star

Patti Yasutake

Patti Yasutake

Alyssa Ogawa

Recurring Role

Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett

Computer Voice

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Trivia: In the scene on the bridge when Worf is first explaining to Data the multiple reality anamoly, Data has blue eyes. In every other scene, Data has his normal yellow eyes.

    • At the beginning of this episode, Deanna takes down a round shield from Worf's wall to put up the painting that Data made. He doesn't think that it's strange that the shield is up there, so it should be hanging up on the wall in his reality. However, in the last scene, the shield is not hanging there.

    • Data says that a broad spectrum warp field will seal the fissure, but later tells Worf to use an inverse warp field.

    • The picture that Geordi identifies of Starbase 47 is actually of a subspace relay station (probably from "Aquiel").

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (after the Enterprises keep appearing in space)
      Data: The rate of quantum incursions is increasing exponentially. At this rate, the sector will be completely filled with Enterprises within three days.
      Lieutenant Crusher: Captain, we are receiving 285,000 hails.
      Captain Riker: I wish I knew what to tell them.

    • Riker: This is Captain Riker of the Enterprise. (Riker pauses), That is, the Enterprise that is indigenous to this universe.

    • Troi: So that would make me your...
      Worf: The closest analogy is, step-sister.
      Troi: That would make my mother your step-mother.
      Worf: I had not considered that; it is a risk I am willing to take.

    • Riker: Mr. Worf, I hate surprise parties
      (Worf goes into his room)
      Everyone: Surprise!
      Riker: Mr Worf, I love surprise parties.

    • Alternate Riker: We won't go back! You don't know what it's like in our universe. The Federation's gone. The Borg is everywhere!

    • Troi: (to Worf) I know Klingons like to be alone on their birthdays. You probably want to meditate or hit yourself with a pain stick or something.

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