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

Encounter at Farpoint (26 Sep. 1987)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Mystery
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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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The only episode in this series where the opening credits displays the principal cast members' names only and not their character roles. Starting from Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Naked Now (1987) and all the way through the series' run, the credits are displayed with character roles (i.e. "Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean Luc Picard", etc.) See more »

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Deanna Troi tells Gropler Zorn "I am only half Betazoid...my father was a *Starfleet officer*," as if that alone rules out the possibility of him being Betazoid. Which turns out not to be the case, as we later meet plenty of full blooded Betazoids who are also Starfleet officers, throughout this and other Trek series. See more »

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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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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Brothers (1990) See more »

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A Flawed First Step
15 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The series does not start as it means to go on. Although it's first two seasons are crammed with incredibly average episodes, as well as numerous duds, afterwards the pace picks up and one of the finest space operas is born. The first ever episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation is remarkable for two things: it's hugely enjoyable introductions to all of the main cast, and Marina Sirtis' peculiar accent which would later disappear. Seeing how it all began is very satisfying, and viewed in mind of the rest of the series, rather moving actually. Otherwise it is a very mediocre episode featuring Q, and some giant jellyfish. That's right.


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