Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4, Episode 2

Family (29 Sep. 1990)

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After defeating the Borg, the crew of the Enterprise experiences shore leave in various ways. Captain Picard's return to his family's vineyard in France has some extraordinary repercussions... See full summary »



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After defeating the Borg, the crew of the Enterprise experiences shore leave in various ways. Captain Picard's return to his family's vineyard in France has some extraordinary repercussions following his time spent as a member of the Borg collective. Written by Moviedude1

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"Family" not only revealed personal information about the series regulars, but Chief O'Brien also gained a full name, Miles Edward O'Brien, as well as a more defined rank, Chief petty officer, though his rank insignia would continue to change throughout thus series. In this one he wears two irregularly-shaped pips. See more »


In the final scene Rene' is shown gazing at the constellation Orion. This natural feature is not visible from France in the Spring and Summer. See more »


René Picard: You know, you don't seem so arrow... arrow... you know...
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Arrogant?
René Picard: Yes, arrogant. You don't seem that way to me. What does it mean, anyway? "Arrogant son of a..."
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Let's talk about that later, shall we?
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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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No Doubt the Most Touching Episode of All
20 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The sage continues. Picard, reeling from the effects of being invaded by the Borg, goes on holiday to visit his brother at his vineyard. There is little love between the brothers. Robert (Row-Bear) has stayed close to the soil, growing grapes and producing wine, while Jean-Luc has been exploring the stars. Robert, the older brother, has been in the shadow of his brother his whole life and is full of resentment. Even though they have not seen each other for years, the tension between them can be cut with a knife. His brother comes off initially as petty and small minded. He also accuses Jean-Luc of trying to corrupt their son. The thing that is going on, however, is that the Captain is damaged. He has never felt out of control before and his experiences in the previous episode are on his sleeve. There is a wonderful scene which I won't spoil.

Other subplots have to do with Worf's adoptive parents showing up on the Enterprise. It's the old Klingon tussle with his roots. His parents are impressive, especially his father, a very well known engineer. They are, however, humans, and Worf feels they are a bit too showy. It's a neat subplot.

Also, Beverly Crusher hands Wesley a recording his father made for him. She has picked up a storage box that contained his effects, including his uniform. He, of course, died early. There are some scenes in this episode that will make it hard to keep a dry eye. What a great beginning to this season.

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