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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Star Trek producer Ronald D. Moore commented: "I've always felt that the experience in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Inner Light (1992) would have been the most profound thing in Picard's life and changed him irrevocably. But that wasn't our intention when we created the episode. We were after a good hour of TV. The larger implications of how this could really screw somebody up didn't hit home with us until later. That's sometimes a danger in TV-you're so focused on getting the show made every week that sometimes you suffer from the "can't see the forest from the trees" syndrome. We never intended it to completely upend Picard's character and force a radical change in the series, so we contented ourselves with a single follow-up in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Lessons (1993)." 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: I'd like to ask your permission to build something.
Eline: Kamin, you've built your telescope, your laboratory, you don't need my permission for something new.
Capt. Picard: In this case, I think I do.
Eline: What is it?
Capt. Picard: A nursery.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
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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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