Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1, Episode 1

Encounter at Farpoint (26 Sep. 1987)

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On the maiden mission of a new Enterprise, the God-like being known as Q challenges the crew to discover the secret of a mysterious base in a truly intelligent & civilized fashion.



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In the 24th Century, Captain Jean-Luc Picard assumes command of the Federation's state of the earth, more luxurious flagship, the fifth U.S.S. Enterprise, and its new crew, with more non-humans, such as psychic counselor Deanna Troi, a former of lover of the first officer, commander William T. Riker. Medical chief Beverly Crusher comes with her bright, inquisitive adolescent son, Wesley. On their maiden voyage, to Farpoint space station, on the primitive Bandi planet, they come under the apparently inescapable control of alien Q, representative of a technologically superior civilization. He calls humanity backward savages, but accepts to put them to the test at the station. Bandi leader Zorn offers full use of the apparently adequate facilities, but no answers to the key questions, how the station was built, and what agonized feelings Troi is picking up. Written by KGF Vissers

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Captain's log, stardate 41153.7 - Our destination is planet Deneb IV, beyond which lies the great, unexplored mass of the galaxy. My orders are to examine Farpoint, a starbase built there by the inhabitants of that world. Meanwhile, I am becoming better acquainted with my new command, this Galaxy-class USS Enterprise. I am still somewhat in awe of its size and complexity. As for my crew, we are short in several key positions, most notably a first officer. But I'm informed that a ...
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Picard and crew confronting against ¨Q ¨ and heading to Fairpoint
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2364 year,the initial mission of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D is suspended by appearance of mysterious living being called Q(John De Lancie),a charismatic megalomaniac.Previously counselor half-Betazoide,half-human Dana Troi(Marina Sirtis)had perceived a powerful mind and an immense barrier avoids the airship goes its destiny : the Fairpoint station. ¨Q¨appears in the wheelhouse dressed with various suits from diverse epochs.His objective is to judge the mankind accused for a cruel and savage raze.He transports to Captain Jean Luc Picard(Patrick Stewart),lieutenant android Data(Brent Spiner),Counselor Troi and lieutenant Tashs Yar(Denise Crosby)to a trial with a violent crowd,there are condemned by mankind crime.Picard ask him to prove the humans have evolved.¨Q¨ assign them to go toward Fairpont to demonstrate their courage. The Fairpoint station is a sidereal base located in Deneb IV ,it's inhabited by the Bandi.There are going the doctor Beverly Crusher (Gates McFedden),her son(Wil Wheaton) and Commander Riker(Jonathan Frakes). Riker interviews to the Station administrator Groppler Zorn(Michael Bell).Later arrives the Enterprise and captain Jean-Luc Picard begins the investigation .He sends a group constituted by Data ,La Forge(Le Var Burton),Troi,Yar and Riker to investigate the strange station .Meanwhile an unknown starship moves into the Deneb IV orbit and starts shooting against the city of the Bandi near of the Fairpoint station .

This first episode from first season are introduced the classic characters who entertain us in the overlong series.Other characters making a brief appearance are De Forest Kelly from the original series,in an enjoyable intervention.As always,spectacular and atmospheric music by the great Jerry Godsmith and Alexander Courage.This TV movie is made in the typical professional manner of the franchise.This agreeable episode is accurately directed by Corey Allen who will make another episodes.This is an amusing romp through space and time that will like to hardcore trekkers such as the neophyte .

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