Picard falls for the new head of the stellar science services department, but has feelings of misgivings when he's forced to assign her to a dangerous mission.

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Wondering why an experiment at stellar cartography has most of the ship's resources reserved for hours, Picard goes see the stellar sciences section's obnoxiously assertive new head, Lieutenant Commander Nella Daren. Spending some time together they find they share several interests and enjoy playing music together. The relationship gets tested by balancing his authority and her tendency to sort of abuse his feelings for her. Then she suggests a way to help colonists about to suffer a severe stellar storm, and joins one of the rescue teams, which is badly hit... Written by KGF Vissers

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This episode brings out of storage Picard's beloved Ressikan flute, that he learned to play in the previous season's critically acclaimed episode Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Inner Light (1992). See more »

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Data says to the captain that there will be a concert of Frédéric Chopin's piano-trio in G. However, this is not played in G minor, but in A minor. See more »

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[Picard is consulting Troi about his relationship with Lt. Cmdr. Daren]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: You see, I've always believed that becoming involved with someone under my command would compromise my objectivity. And yet...
Counselor Deanna Troi: Captain, are you asking my permission?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: If I were, would you give it?
Counselor Deanna Troi: Yes.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Inner Light (1992) See more »

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The Skye Boat Song
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[strands are heard in the "Inner Light" theme]
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Delicate Episode
29 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Patrick Stewart is a great actor in any sense of the word. Here, his Jean-Luc Picard is smitten with an attractive woman who is multi-talented, both in her vocation and her avocation. She is a masterful musician, a pianist of great skill. One of Picard's few opportunities for artistic fulfillment, comes from a flute he was given in the episode where he lives an entire lifetime on a doomed planet. He plays along with computer generated music all by himself. He is immediately attracted to this woman and the loneliness of his position becomes a force with which he must deal. He is her superior on the Enterprise and there are understandings. Just because her role is research doesn't mean she may be required to perform a dangerous mission given the right circumstances. This episode is so beautifully done, with so much hurt and heart, that it really grabs us. Eventually, of course, those decisions are going to be made, and the role of Captain must be recognized. It's sad and poignant.


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