I’ve just watched TNG’s series finale having completed my first full rewatch of the show in a decade. First of all, I pretty much loved it. The final season was a bit of an endurance test and I generally thought the writers were burned out and coming up with some truly ludicrous stuff out of either desperation or boredom, or a sense of “it’s the final season so what the hell.” However, this final episode almost made up for all of that and ended the show on a high. I loved the way it balanced character, story and nostalgia. The closing scene is utterly heartwarming. I’m not crying, you are!! However, the plot itself has niggled me ever since I first saw it some 26 years ago (man, I feel as old as Picard in the future sequences now!). It’s only now I’ve realised that a few things don’t quite stack up. Or am I wrong? Have I misread things? Admittedly the plot is mind-boggling and ridden with an unfortunate dose of technobabble. But maybe you can help clarify this. 1. Q claims that Picard is responsible for the destruction of humanity (I smiled here because people accuse 21st century Trek of having ridiculously high stakes haha). Actually...it’s surely Q that is responsible for the destruction of humanity. If he hadn’t sent Picard spinning through time Picard would never have gone to the Devron system and activated a tachyon beam in any timeline. Is Q just being a dick by placing the blame squarely on Picard? He does admit at the end that he got Picard into this situation. 2. I don’t know where to start with this one, because this is where my real issue is. But if the anti-time anomaly worked backward through time then, for a start, it shouldn’t have been visible AFTER the Pasteur initiated the tachyon beam. The formation of the anomaly may have been visible when they arrived at the Devron system, but the moment they started the tachyon scan it should have disappeared?! When the Enterprise returned later, there should have been no sign of it, right? 3. Furthermore, the anomaly should NOT have been visible in either the past or present timelines UNTIL the Enterprise initiated the tachyon beam. It was the convergence of the three beams that caused it, so until the past and present Enterprises initiated the beam, it couldn’t have been created yet. Obviously the moment they fire the beam it would instantly appear in its various stages of development. This would have necessitated the rejigging of the plot a bit, but it makes no sense to me to have the anomaly there prior to the three beams initiating it. I just can’t get my head around that. Did the writers not quite think this through or have I missed something? Either way, I still loved the episode.