Commander William Riker has been on an acculturation mission under an alias for months on the Arkonian planet, surgically altered to appear like a local, but he gets badly wounded, beyond their medical skills because his internal organs are unknown to them. Captain Jean-Luc Picard decides to speed up his official diplomatic approach, formally the First Contact, and intercede on Riker's behalf, but they are told by a fascinated open-minded Atkonian scientist that her planet's culture is particularly xenophobic so they reject any alien being as being unequal to them. The Arkonian government keeps the matter secret but is internally divided: while the chancellor Durken is in favor of Riker's release without the people finding out and establishing friendly relations with the Federation, his powerful security minister Krola is prepared to go to any length to preserve their traditional way of life, so he finds Riker and fakes his own murder.... Written by
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The script went through a number of drafts before the story was finalized. One version was proposed as a season ending cliffhanger. With Wil Wheaton
's scheduled departure from the series, another draft was a proposed vehicle for Wesley's departure as he would have stayed behind on Malcoria as a cultural observer. See more
On the bridge, when Capt. Picard introduces the chancellor and Mirasta Yale to Data, he introduces the latter as "Marista Yale." Moments later, when Minister Yale excuses herself to return to the planet, the chancellor warns her, "Not a word of this to anyone, Mirasta." See more
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
I regret that I won't have the opportunity of knowing your people better.
We're a good people, Captain, society with much potential. Once we cross the threshold of space, we shall have to give up this self-importance, this conceit that we are the center of the universe. But this is not the time for that. For now, we will have to enjoy that sweet innocence.
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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more