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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30 May 1992 (USA)  »

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Eline: Remember... Put your shoes away.
Capt. Picard: I promise.
[Eline passes away]
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References Star Trek: The Paradise Syndrome (1968) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Just an echo of everyone else's comments !
17 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The best episode of TNG ever. I have never bought a video of any episode of any TV series. However, I came across this one a few years after it was shown and bought it just so I could watch it anytime I wanted. Getting a lump in my throat just thinking about it ! I agree with the overall opinions of others the episode and Patrick Stewart should have received an Emmy. I have seen some of his Shakespearian roles and the character he portrays here is as close to, if not as good as some of the roles he has played on stage. As a matter of fact, there are times throughout the scenes on the planet, it seems as though they are acting out the roles on a stage, rather than on a TV set. The entire cast of the people on the planet deserve credit for their efforts and acting abilities.

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