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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When the flute was auctioned, the directors didn't "factor in the emotional fury generated around it." It was in such high demand by collectors. Denise Okuda, a Star Trek scenic artist commented "That's the item people say they really have to have, because it is so iconic to a much-beloved episode." The flute eventually went for an astounding $48,000. See more »

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The administrator apparently comes to the settlement every month, yet he is surprised to see the tree that the people have been caring for for years. See more »

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Eline: [collecting Kamin's shoes] Don't forget these. I won't put them away for you again.
Capt. Picard: [as Kamin] Yes, ma'am.
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The music at the end is mesmerizing. This episode live up to the hype.
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Can't believe it took twenty years to watch this. I'm always leary when people state things like "One of television's finest hours" (which was stated in a review for Deep Space Nine's the Vistor). I thought that episode was good, not great etc. Also a movie like the Godfather tends to have people state that it's one of the best movies ever. Which I thought it was just good also. I had my guard up before this episode. This episode was simply amazing and could be worthy of the "One of television finest hours" mantra. The music at the end stays with you. And you can feel Picard's difficulty of having to adjust to his former life. You know it's good when it inspired me to write my first review.


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