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Encounter at Farpoint 

On the maiden mission of the U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701-D), an omnipotent being known as Q challenges the crew to discover the secret of a mysterious base in an advanced and 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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26 September 1987 (USA)  »

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One of the shelves from the Bandi marketplace at Farpoint station appeared in the next episode, Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Naked Now (1987), in Deanna Troi's quarters. See more »


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. This 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 "Star 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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26 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There's an inescapable element of beta testing inherent in 'Encounter at Farpoint', and it offers no indication as to the lofty heights "TNG" will reach as a series. It's an audience tester, so it's natural to see the crew in different mismatched positions on the ship, and the tone hasn't been hammered out yet. All this is to be expected. But it's just . . . different. And that's the primary appeal to watching this again.

Take Picard: terse, irritable, he's all man of action. I'm kinda surprised he never throws a Kirk-esque punch. Patrick Stewart's acting shines at various points, but looking at this, it's hard to see the refined diplomat that'll become his signature.

None of this is is to say it's a bad pilot; it has great ILM effects, a varied crew, and more than anything, there's promise here. The sense that these people are genuine explorers.


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