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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While not written or filmed until well after the completion of Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds: Part 2 (1990), "Family," popular in its own right, has come to be seen as the third part of "The Best of Both Worlds" serial. It is one of the few times where characters' families are introduced (Worf's parents, Picard's family). Although the relaxed, peaceful, episode feels like a 180-degree opposition to the adventurous, warlike serial, part of its point is to put in context what the Borg were threatening - loved ones, as well as civilization and planets. See more »


Picard's wineglass level during his dinner with Robert and his family. See more »


René Picard: I know who you are.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Then you have the advantage.
René Picard: You're my nephew, Jean-Luc, from the Starship Enterprise.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Then you must be my uncle René.
René Picard: I'm not your uncle. It's the other way around.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Too bad. I rather enjoyed the idea.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Pen Pals (1989) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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17 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode picks up after the giant Armageddon-like battle with the Borg. Now, things are calm and it's a time to regroup, relax and take stock. And, for Picard and Worf, it's a time to reconnect with family now that they are just outside the Earth. And, there's a minor plot involving Wesley viewing a message left to him by his father--a father who was killed in action long ago.

As for Worf, he's embarrassed by his human adoptive parents. While nice folks, the always stolid and gruff Worf doesn't know how to act in front of the crew and he's obviously uncomfortable. And, in Picard's case, he heads back to his ancestral home in France--and his homecoming is awkward, as his relationship with his brother is estranged. It seems that the brother wanted Jean-Luc to remain home and run the family estate--whereas Jean-Luc wanted the adventure of space travel. All this gives Worf and Picard a chance to think through where they've come in life and where they are headed.

This is a wonderful follow-up episode to the great two-parter that preceded it. Great because it explored the frailty of two important characters and did it in a way that seemed real and quite touching. Exceptionally well acted and among the very best shows in the series.

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