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
[visiting the Enterprise
When I was a child, my parents would take me to the planetarium. And we would sit in the dark. And it was as if I was on a spaceship, on my way to another world, to meet people on other planets. Part of me keeps waiting for the lights to come up, and the program to end.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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