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 Enterprise crew traces the alien probe's radiation trail to find its origin, which they determine to be an uncharted system named Gitana, its sun has gone nova over 1,000 years ago, and there is no sign of life, yet they know the planet's name. See more »

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Meribor: You've taught me to pursue the truth, no matter how painful it is. It's too late to back off now. This planet is dying.
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Referenced in Family Guy: Big Man on Hippocampus (2010) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Hmmmm
6 February 2010 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Well, toddisatvha, I always wondered what it would be like to encounter someone with no soul. Congratulations on being my first.

This is the best Star Trek episode ever. An actor is a master when he can make you forget he's acting. That happened for me with so many of the characters in this episode.

The idea is a trick of the mind. What is important is that these long dead people will go on in one of the greatest human minds set into fiction. The character, a beloved one for many years, is inexorably affected by this experience, which he felt as real - not as a holodeck simulation which he could dismiss as fictional.

Maybe you do have a soul. Perhaps you simply have no heart.


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