Trek: The Next Generation episode Clues,
the crew meet a previously unknown species called the Paxans.
the crew realise that their memories have been tampered with,
we flash back to their initial encounter with the Paxans,
who wish to keep their existence secret from the rest of the
universe. Toward the end of the flashback, Picard orders Data
to conceal his knowledge of the Paxans from the rest of the
crew, whose memories are to be wiped. Picard mentions the
race by name.
problem is that, although we as viewers know that the aliens
are called Paxans - having seen later events earlier on in
the episode - how does Picard know the race's name? The Paxans
have not identified themselves at this point.
notable oddity of this flashback is the pacing of it. I can't
help but feel that the events would have unfolded more gradually
had the episode been conveyed in chorological order, with
this sequence at the beginning of the show. As it is, the
events seem to zip by rather summarily.
that's exactly what this flashback sequence is: a summary.
I regard it as a digest - edited highlights - of events that
take considerably longer to unfold in fact. Material could
have been omitted between some of the cuts between shots.
These omissions could include the revelation of the Paxans'