Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 7 Episode 11


Aired Unknown Nov 29, 1993 on CBS

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  • Worf the time traveler (cue Huey Lewis tune)....

    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.
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