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Ensign Cortan 'Corey' Zweller
Nausicaan #1
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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 KGF Vissers

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13 February 1993 (USA)  »

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Producer Ronald D. Moore thought this was one of the best things he'd ever written, and one of the show's finest episodes. See more »


Q tells Picard it's two days before his encounter with a Nausicaan sword. But its actually a knife he gets stabbed with. See more »


Lt. J.G. Jean-Luc Picard: You having a good laugh now, Q? Does it amuse you to think of me living out the rest of my life as a dreary man in a tedious job?
Q: I gave you something most mortals never experience: a second chance at life. And now all you can do is complain?
Lt. J.G. Jean-Luc Picard: I can't live out my days as that person. That man is bereft of passion... and imagination! That is not who *I* am!
Q: Au contraire. He's the person you wanted to be: one who was less arrogant and undisciplined in his youth, one who was less like me... The ...
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Spoofs It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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The Twists and Turns of Time
29 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Q in his dalliances decides that he needs to invade Picard's space one more time and force him to live an incident in his life over one more time. There are opposing forces that are at work here. First of all, the whole immutability issue. Events are tightly connected to one another and random acts create random results. The opportunities and choices are not self determined with an eye toward the future. When Picard decides to avoid trouble with those bad guys, he now engages in a whole new randomness. He should be aware of this, but Q forces him to see what happens. The second may have more to do with opportunity than with integrity. His being just a dull starfleet anyone is an interesting result of his "inaction." Many factors, among those the prejudicial decision of someone in power could have just as much to do with this. Also, is one act a definition of a person; especially where one's heart is in the right place (so to speak). This is an inconsistent, though provocative, episode.

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