In which you get three Datas for the price of one.
Memory Alpha says: When Paul Manheim’s temporal experiments backfire, the Enterprise-D crew tries to rescue him and his wife, before catastrophe strikes. Complicating things, his wife is Picard’s old flame, Jenice, which incites jealousy in Beverly. (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)
So, despite the fact that Gene Roddenberry wouldn’t let Beverly talk about her feelings about Picard two episodes ago, now she has to spend this episode being jealous of an old flame of his who is married to someone else. I find this lame. I feel like it puts Beverly in this crappy passive position that she never really breaks out of. It comes close to being as annoying as the way Juliet gets shafted towards the end of Lost, and this terrifically brave and tough woman is ultimately undone by the fact that she thinks the man she loves cares more about someone else (well, all right, all that metal stuff that fell on her had an impact too).
Oh, by the way, now totally imagining Drs Beverly Crusher and Juliet Burke as friends and colleagues. Elizabeth Mitchell would look super in Starfleet medical blue.
Did I mention I got back into Star Trek to get over Lost? But we’ll always have the Island. Now, on with the episode! Read the rest of this entry »