Originally Posted by samwiseb
Just as well, in this case. The only thing worse than seeing possibly the all-time worst episode of a franchise, is being forced to acknowledge that it happened. 'Threshold' never happened. It was somebody's bad dream.
However, you've brought up an interesting point. I know everyone just loves the TNG's 'The Inner Light', however it's a prime example of how Star Trek is usually too episodic for it's own good. Picard lived an entire lifetime on an alien world in just a couple of minutes, and even remembered how to play the recorder afterward. And he's supposed to just go into next week's episode pretending like he also still remembers how to command a starship? I don't buy it. I didn't buy it when I first saw it either.
Well, that's episodic TV. His 'real' memories were not ruined or altered in any way and the whole event took only 25 minutes in 'real' time.
It was more a communication. Once that link had been broken his own memories etc came back to the fore.
At worse, it's no harder to accept than Uhura's total memory wipe by Nomad (that was not reversed) and her being back on the bridge the next episode fully re-educated and with memories intact.
Originally Posted by Roysten
That's a very good example, a life changing experience forgotten in a few weeks. It makes sense from a production point of view, stories get pitched all the time and big changes to the status quo, especially in episodic television can't be made each week by individual writers. Is just the way it is I guess.
I see the point there, and I can agree with it, however there's also a balance to be struck between ackowledging things that have happened to characters and continuing the show in question.
'The Inner Light' is a great show (and was followed up in 'Lessons' as a matter of fact) but if then all Picard did was live reflecting on that life it would have an impact on his 'real' life on the ship.
There's a sense given in 'Lessons' that Picard has chosen to treat that experience as an intensely private one that he does not freely share with everyone.