Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 5, Episode 25

The Inner Light (30 May 1992)

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Picard awakes to find himself living in a small village where he is a well-known member of the community who is suffering from a delusion of being a starship captain.

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Not long after the Enterprise approaches an unknown buoy or satellite, Captain Picard falls unconscious on the bridge. He awakens in a village where he is married but also something of a village eccentric who thinks he is a spaceship captain by the name of Picard. His wife Eline tries to soothe him and his good friend Batai does not judge him. He lives a full life, has children and grows old. The planet he is on is dying however, suffering from a long and seemingly permanent drought. On board the Enterprise, the crew does its best to revive their unconscious captain but to no avail. Written by garykmcd

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Picard's Ressikan flute appears again as a background prop in Picard's ready room in a number of season 6 and 7 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), as well as in a deleted scene from Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), in which Data removes it from its box and examines it while talking to Picard. See more »

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The Enterprise crew traces the alien probe's radiation trail to find its origin, which they determine to be an uncharted system named Gitana, its sun has gone nova over 1,000 years ago, and there is no sign of life, yet they know the planet's name. See more »

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Eline: [referring to Picard's "starship"] Was your life there so much better than this? So much more gratifying, so much more fulfilling, that you cling to it with such stubbornness?
Capt. Picard: Eline...
Eline: It must have been extraordinary. But never in all the stories you've told me... have you mentioned anyone who loved you as I do.
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The Best Trek Ever
20 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's been almost twenty years now since I first saw "The Inner Light," and I still think it's the best episode of any Star Trek series. The writing, acting and direction are nothing short of brilliant. I was sitting there on 8 Sep 1966 for the premiere of what we now call Trek Classic, and I have never seen them do better than "The Inner Light." Hence, it gets a perfect 10 from me. Whoever called it TNG's "City on the Edge of Forever" was not mistaken, although I think the edge for "best ever episode" goes to "The Inner Light."

It seems odd, really, that the best episodes of Classic and TNG are more or less Star Trek in name only. The Trekkish trappings are all there at the top and bottom of both episodes, but in the middle we get a wonderful story about these characters, who in each case are far removed from their normal time, place and circumstance.

What an achievement this episode was. Writing about this has made me miss the series all over again.


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