Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 1 Episode 24

We'll Always Have Paris

Aired Unknown May 02, 1988 on CBS
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Stardate: 41697.9 Picard meets an old flame, who is now married to a scientist that accidentally rips the fabric of space and inadvertently creates a new dimension.

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  • Another forgettable episode - but not necessarily a bad one....

    Picard meets an old flame with a scientist husband who has gone too far in "We'll Always Have Paris" - the former makes Dr. Crusher jealous and the latter makes Data have to save the day. Data's role in saving the day is good but the storyline regarding Picard & his ex-woman Jenice is a huge bore. Any extra depth for the character of Jean-Luc Picard is always welcome but, while Picard is given some depth to a slight degree in this episode, the story is mainly boring and borrows from "Casablanca" too much. The rest of the episode is easily forgettable minus one scene near the end in which Data tackles the show's MacGuffin.moreless
  • Captain Picard is reunited with a former love when the Enterprise investigates a research outpost that is causing a series of time distortions.

    This is a somewhat surreal episode of TNG that has some shades of the future TV show "Lost". However, most of the episode is dull and not very memorable. As the title implies, "We'll Always Have Paris" is supposed to be reminiscent of "Casablanca", but that's not really a style that Star Trek does very well. Michelle Phillips, the last surviving member of the 1960s group "The Mamas and the Papas", guest stars as Picard's old love interest, and she's okay, but there's not much chemistry between the two. The most interesting thing about the episode is the time anomaly, an abstract idea that the writers would deal with more effectively in future episodes.moreless
  • A decent Episode with no real strengths, but no real weaknesses.

    The real key to this episode is that it dosen't do anything wrong, and throws an intresting problem into the path of the enterprise D's crew that's nowhere near as simple to solve as a bit of random technobable, instead they know from day one pretty much what they have to do to fix everything. This episode instead deals with the how of the execution of the solution, and a the ongoing effects of the problem. All of that though is held together by the simple fact that the episode dosen't do anything badly wrong. It dosen't do much absolutly brilliantly, but it dosen't get anything wrong eithier, a real rarity in any TV show, TNG included.

    The best bits as allways revolve around Picard and his past, but Data get's a chance to shine as well, and all the actors play some part, there's never a feeling that any of the regulars is a simple "extra" in this episode, which helps furthar enhance the enjoyability fo the episode, regardless of who you like best theres somthing here for everyone.

    Be warned however, if your a trek fan who finds the inherent illogic of all time travel/time malfunction style episodes annoying, this isn't an episode for you, if you love that kind of thing, you'll love this episode, and it was that fact that prompted me to bump this from a 7 to an 8moreless
  • Insight into Picard's past

    I actually liked this episode. As I do any episode that shows insight into a characters past. Alot of the nuances of the past situation between Picard and Michelle Phillips character Jenice.

    The time loop effect plot is a great platform that allows the limited action scenes to be played out in. The resolution by Data at the end is probably the best scene in the episode and is worth watching for the effects and his creative acting.

    The Picard subplot actual has a fairly good char. arc and ends amicably, allowing Picard to close a chapter in his life. Through this will get to see the qualities that his crew admire in him.

    A decent episode with an intriguing look at the captains past.moreless
  • The best thing that can be said for this episode is that it adds a little color to Picard's character. The problem is that we have to sit through a lot of boredom to get that little color.moreless

    The best parts of this episode center around Picard and his reaction when an old flame walks back into his life -- married to another man. The sequence when they meet and discuss a broken rendezvouz in the conference room is especially poignant.

    The old flame herself is a cipher -- there is nothing special about her character and she never shows more than a hint of very mild regret about what might have been. And her second relationship, with a husband who doesn't give her nearly the attention she deserves, is completely deserved. The materials chose to ignore this fertile ground and it greatly weakens the episode's impact.

    That said, nothing offensively bad here.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

Rod Loomis

Rod Loomis

Dr. Paul Manheim

Guest Star

Isabel Lorca

Isabel Lorca


Guest Star

Dan Kern

Dan Kern

Lt. Dean

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (9)

    • In the episode "Datalore," it was established that Data cannot use contractions. However, when the three Datas are trying to determine which is in the correct time continuum, the middle one says, "It's me!"

    • Despite Worf being the new chief of security, he is still wearing a red uniform.

    • After Picard gives the computer at the holodeck the info for the program he enters, and after a while we find two woman talking and one of them says "he's not coming" which would seem like what really happened on that day where Picard doesn't show up. How would the computer know to include that detail?

    • The Eiffel Tower keeps changing positions in the holodeck.

    • When Data dives for cover against the laser defense grid, something that looks suspiciously like Brent Spiner's wallet falls to the ground.

    • If time looped itself during Picard's fencing duel, how would he know it? Everything, his senses, his brain, etc., would be exactly as they were before the loop began. (in other episodes with time loops it took them several "loops" before they knew anything was amiss.)

    • Although Picard requested the exact day and conditions that Jenice was supposed to meet with him at the Paris restaurant, there's no sign of rain, puddles, etc., even though Jenice says it was raining the whole day.

    • Picard has to explain to the computer what "1500 hours" means.

    • When Data beams down to the lab, LaForge stresses that the coordinates are "exactly as the Professor specified," but when Data arrives he has to walk to the lab, which is on the other side of a room full of laser beams that the Professor forgot to mention. Was the Professor trying to kill him?

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    • Title:
      Referencing the 1942 Michael Curtiz film Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. At the end of the movie, Bergman's character, Ilsa, asks "What about us?" and Bogart's character, Rick, replies "We'll always have Paris."