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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Episode cast overview:
Cmdr. William Riker
Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Lt. Worf
Counselor Deanna Troi (credit only)
Lt. Commander Data
Nurse Alyssa Ogawa
Young Batai


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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Patrick Stewart nominated this episode as the greatest acting challenge he faced in the seven years of The Next Generation. 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 »


Meribor: You've taught me to pursue the truth, no matter how painful it is. It's too late to back off now. This planet is dying.
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Referenced in After Trek: Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad (2017) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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The music at the end is mesmerizing. This episode live up to the hype.
23 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Can't believe it took twenty years to watch this. I'm always leary when people state things like "One of television's finest hours" (which was stated in a review for Deep Space Nine's the Vistor). I thought that episode was good, not great etc. Also a movie like the Godfather tends to have people state that it's one of the best movies ever. Which I thought it was just good also. I had my guard up before this episode. This episode was simply amazing and could be worthy of the "One of television finest hours" mantra. The music at the end stays with you. And you can feel Picard's difficulty of having to adjust to his former life. You know it's good when it inspired me to write my first review.

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