Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3, Episode 19

Captain's Holiday (31 Mar. 1990)

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After mediating a difficult trade agreement, Captain Picard is encouraged to take a much needed rest on a vacationing planet, where he's visited by a strange race from the future, in search of a dangerous weapon.



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Episode cast overview:
Lieutenant Worf / Risa Tourist
Wesley Crusher (credit only)
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After Doctor Beverly Crusher insists that captain Picard is in need of recreation after exhausting negotiations between two hostile planets, the crew manages to make him accept a stay on a well-reputed holiday planet where Commander William T. Riker gets him to pick up a local souvenir statue, without telling him it is the accepted means to call for sexual gratification. After he brushes off obliging females, Picard is approached by several people, including two aliens from the future, who draw him into a quest for a mythical weapon - just the adventure he needs to eat his heart out? Written by KGF Vissers / corrected by selmovero

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This is the first of many Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) episodes that focuses on Capt. Picard in an unusual situation and ignores the rest of the cast for most of the episode. See more »


When the Enterprise is shown orbiting the planet, its navigation lights are reversed. The red light should be on the port side of the Enterprise, but it's on the starboard side, and vice versa.

The error may have been caused because the orbiting sequence was reversed so that the Enterprise would orbit the opposite direction. See more »


[first lines]
Risian Computer: Welcome to Risa. All that is ours is yours.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Qpid (1991) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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A nice little bit of escapism
17 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Captain's Holiday" is a nice little piece of escapism. Additionally, it is very unique in style, as it primarily concerns Captain Picard and you see very, very little of the crew otherwise.

When the show begins, the Doctor is concerned because the Captain has been under a lot of stress and he keeps refusing to take a vacation. So, with the help of the crew, they are ultimately able to get him to go for this long needed break. However, instead of rest and relaxation, Picard wanders into the middle of a treasure hunt--sort of like Indiana Jones, except that this relic is from the FUTURE! Along the way, he meets up with an annoying Ferengi, some time travelers and a hottie named Vash (Jennifer Hetrick). Vash is interesting because this is the first indication that the Captain MIGHT just have a libido after all!

I liked this one because it was such a change of pace. Additionally, they did this without invoking the holodeck--something I really appreciated. Well worth seeing and rather fun.

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