Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 6, Episode 19

Lessons (3 Apr. 1993)

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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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We see the Stellar Cartography lab for the first time, but it looks a lot less elaborate than in would in Star Trek: Generations (1994), with no 3D mapping or wall height star charts. The film's bigger budget must have allowed them to dress it up for the big screen. See more »


Picard's hands are clearly being doubled, when he and Nella improvise with Frere Jacques (his hands are a lot lower and straighter than they ought to be, if he was really playing the flute). See more »


Lt. Cmdr. Nella Daren: I'm sorry, it's just we weren't expecting anybody to be up at this hour.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Well - you're new on the Enterprise. You'll have to learn to expect the unexpected.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Inner Light (1992) See more »


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Picard's new love interest.
30 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

ST:TNG:145 - "Lessons" (Stardate: 46693.1) - this is the 19th episode of the 6th season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

While on a late night visit, Picard accidentally interrupts a Stellar Cartography experiment newly headed by Lt. Commander Daren, whom he immediately becomes infatuated is. It turns out the attraction is mutual and they soon become romantically entangled.

Picard soon contemplates whether he should pursue a romance with someone under his command, and this comes to a test when she is part of an Away Team on Bersallis III that may threaten her existence.

Trivia note: we see the flute from "The Inner Light" again (when Picard and Daren play together - she is on her portable piano). And EXCELLENT use of music when Picard and Daren are playing together (especially of the theme from "The Inner Light". We also see another concert that Data is part of, playing the violin again.

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