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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Considered by many to be the best and most touching episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). It's the favorite episode of Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher, who did not appear in this episode, nor most of the 5th season), and Patrick Stewart. 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: A good scientist doesn't function by conjecture.
Meribor: A good scientist functions by hypothesizing and then proving or disproving that hypothesis. That's what I did.
Capt. Picard: Hey, why don't you spend more time with that young man Dannick?
Meribor: You are changing the subject.
Capt. Picard: No, I'm not. I'm just hypothesizing... that he's in love with you.
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Damn Good Episode
4 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Toddhavista (review above me) must be smoking CRACK !!!! That was possibly the best episode of Star Trek TNG ever! It's primarily focus is Patrick (Jean-Luc Piccard) and how he lives an entire lifetime (within 1/2 hour) on a planet that's been extinct 1000 years, due to a supernova. Rather than focus on some new technology, it brings home the point that life is for living, in the now, not later! It's, if nothing else, an episode in the style of the original Star Trek, where social commentary was veiled with SCI-FI Metaphor. I remember it vividly and was pleased to see it again, recently on the SciFi channel! The music, especially the flute melody is haunting. Definitely NOT a holodeck episode (like toddhavista says).


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