I’m working on the rules for my own Time Travel story, so I’m watching and reading a lot of other Time Travel stories. That includes Star Trek. In fact, almost all of my favorite episodes are Time Travel ones.
After watching ‘Yesterday’s Enterprise’ a bazillion times, I think what really bumps it over similar tales is the fact that Guinan, the character played by Whoopi Goldberg has some awareness and memory of the time shift. The other characters do not, which makes it kind of jarring and feeling like something’s missing. All that great development, all of that action and plot doesn’t mean as much when no one remembers. But, Guinan remembers and the viewer can follow her and she pulls it altogether and makes the story work. And that, I think, is what puts this one in the Top Ten Time Travel Tales.
No, I don’t know what other tales on the list. I’ll do a post on that when I figure it out.
Here’s a YouTube trailer for this episode- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUn3ZxYmE6c
All seasons of Star Trek the Next Generation are available on Blu-Ray and are on Netflix.