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
Did You Know?
The episode was named after The Beatles
1968 song, The Inner Light. Writer of the episode, Morgan Gendel
commented that the George Harrison
composition "captured the theme of the show: that Picard experienced a lifetime of memories all in his head." See more
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
Remember... Put your shoes away.
[Eline passes away
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more