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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Won the 1993 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. The award was given at the World Science Fiction Convention in San Francisco. Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Inner Light (1992) was the first Trek episode to win since the Star Trek (1966) episode Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever (1967). See more »

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Picard is shown looking down into the valley of Ressik holding a straw hat in his left hand. In the next shot, taken from the front, the hat is missing. See more »

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Eline: Batai.
Batai: Yes, ma'am.
Eline: Go home.
Batai: Yes, ma'am.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Generations (1994) See more »

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The Inner Light Reflects Reality
4 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was caught by surprise with this episode one day while faithfully watching TNG. It sucked me in and spit me out into another dimension of reality. I have seen life differently every since. This episode reflects the eastern philosophy that this life experience is really a dream and not reality at all. To live a lifetime in 25 minutes rings a strangely familiar chord. Think about it. Dreams seem like they transpire over a much longer period time than they really do, maybe just a few minutes. You awake to find yourself somewhat displaced. My bet is that when you end this life experience, the Inner Light will be your reality. I challenge you to see this life as a Lucid Dream, and actively participate in its outcome. I can't watch this episode without experiencing the same feeling every time. It's either genius in writing or a message from the higher reality, like the scene from Total Recall where Quaid is being coaxed to wake up.


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