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 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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Capt. Picard: You say I've been ill?
Batai: For more than a week. Eline should have put you in the hospital, but she insisted on caring for you herself.
Capt. Picard: Eline?
Batai: Your wife. If you don't remember that, maybe it's safer not to go home.
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References Star Trek: The Paradise Syndrome (1968) See more »

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Damn Good Episode
4 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Toddhavista (review above me) must be smoking CRACK !!!! That was possibly the best episode of Star Trek TNG ever! It's primarily focus is Patrick (Jean-Luc Piccard) and how he lives an entire lifetime (within 1/2 hour) on a planet that's been extinct 1000 years, due to a supernova. Rather than focus on some new technology, it brings home the point that life is for living, in the now, not later! It's, if nothing else, an episode in the style of the original Star Trek, where social commentary was veiled with SCI-FI Metaphor. I remember it vividly and was pleased to see it again, recently on the SciFi channel! The music, especially the flute melody is haunting. Definitely NOT a holodeck episode (like toddhavista says).


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