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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Considered by many to be the best and most touching episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). It's the favorite episode of Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher, who did not appear in this episode, nor most of the 5th season), and Patrick Stewart. 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: Remember... Put your shoes away.
Capt. Picard: I promise.
[Eline passes away]
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Referenced in Star Trek: Generations (1994) See more »

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The Wife
19 May 2008 | by (Champaign,Illinois) – See all my reviews

I have heard many comments, all true I might add, about how great the cast in this one was.

However,I think the wife really sold it and the entire show makes it because she plays it so well. In a few of the scenes she is simply radiant.

I think this wonderful actress may have surpassed her own abilities with this script. I think most actors that are fortunate to find work find that one role where it all just comes together.

This episode should have cleaned up at any awards show. Too bad no one was looking. How is it possible that anyone watched this and didn't think it worthy of an award?

Someday maybe Hollywood will get it. While the technical stuff is all fine and good, only a good story can be made into a great movie or episode. And this story was really good.


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