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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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Batai: This sapling is planted as an affirmation of life, in defiance of the drought, and with expectations of long life. Whatever comes, we will keep it alive, as a symbol of our survival.
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14 February 2014 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

'The Defector', 'Darmok' and some other extraordinary episodes showed the way. But this one is the unbeatable Masterpiece of Next Generation.

The Philosophy is brilliant. The idea of a second life. The idea of the importance and richness of cultural pluralism. Deep and moving. DS9, Voyager, Six Feet Under, House, Sopranos, etc. - you can find a lot of wonderful episodes since the 90's. But this one is the most wonderful of all.

When in 2009 'Star Trek' has premiere in my hometown Stuttgart, my 12 years old daughter played in front of the 800 visitors in the cinema the Flute-Theme of 'Inner Light'. - I'll never forget this moment.

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