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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Batai, Kamin's son, is played by Daniel Stewart, the real life son of 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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Batai: We hoped our probe would encounter someone in the future. Someone who could be a teacher. Someone who could tell the others about us.
Capt. Picard: Oh... Oh, it's me... Isn't it? I'm the someone. I'm the one it finds. That's what this launching is. A probe that finds me, in the future.
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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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