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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DeForest Kelley did his cameo for scale pay. He refused to take more money for the part. See more »


When Q makes his first appearance on the bridge, he blocks two security officers from entering from the turbo lift, stopping them with an electronic screen and then shutting the doors. A few moments later when Q leaves, Tasha Yar comes forward to protest and the male and female security officers are suddenly behind her. The turbo lift doors were in the shot and never opened to admit the pair. See more »


[first lines]
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: Nemesis (2002) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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One Of The Best Episodes Of TNG
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John de Lancie as "Q" is amusing, I have made an estimated 30 viewings of this pilot as Lancie's acting and lines are something I can enjoy over and over again! "Q" would appear in several other episodes of TNG, and they were good, but in no other episode does he display the energy we get in "Farpoint". Maybe the actor is responding to the large sets and many, many extras that appear in his scenes?

I think my interest in this episode is partly rooted in the fact that "Q" is constantly insulting the Enterprise crew, something I often feel like doing as well.

Skin Of Evil (1988) is another TNG episode that deserves a special viewing, Ron Gans does the voice to an alien that has an Irwin Allen look about it, what makes that so interesting is that Ron Gans was a monster voice artist for Irwin Allen's Lost In Space and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (The Abominable Snowman)!

TNG had a total of 20 good episodes in season one and five gems in the later seasons, mainly the series ending: All Good Things... (1994).

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