Captain Picard incurs serious wounds in a fight, even his artificial heart is gravely damaged. While Dr. Crusher wrestles with the medical consequences, his mind meets Q, who presents him to a parade of people who fell victim to Picard's actions and neglects, from his father and fellow cadets to himself, and offers him the possibility to have a 'second chance' without causing disaster by upsetting time. After Picard's initial refusal claim to have no regrets, Q forces him to acknowledge he made stupid mistakes and fix at least the adolescent one that got him stabbed and slapped in the face as an Academy graduate, or die and by stuck with Q for eternity. His error had been to help fellow Ensign Corey return the cheating at a pool game to a Naussicaan, a strong, badly tempered race, while ruining a friendship by having an affair. This time he stops Corey fighting and dying, but is deemed a coward, losing both's friendship, and returned to the Enterprise an an inconspicuous Junior Grade ... Written by
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The Bonestell Recreation Facility was named after Chesley Bonestell
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As Picard chats with Q in the "afterlife", they pause their conversation and watch a visual recreation of the "young" Picard fighting with a bunch of Nausicaans. After the young Picard hits the first Nausicaan, he (the Nausicaan) falls backward and as he hits the ground his long black wig comes off. The Nausicaan then quickly rolls out of the camera shot, leaving the wig behind (this all happens very quickly and is easier to see in slow motion). See more
Q, what is going on?
I told you. You're dead. This is the afterlife. And I'm God.
You are not God!
Blasphemy! You're lucky I don't cast you out or smite you or something. The bottom line is, your life ended about five minutes ago, under the inept ministrations of Dr. Beverly Crusher.
No... I am not dead. Because I refuse to believe that the afterlife is run by you. The universe is not so badly designed.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more