The "Enterprise" is to provide technical assistance to a 3-man anthropological field team on the planet Mintaka III, which is observing, in hiding, the Vulcanoid Bronze Age native population. When the holographic hiding place is ravaged by an explosion, the landing party and its advanced technology are observed by two natives, one of whom, Liko, gets hurt badly and is beamed up for life-saving treatment; Picard orders his short-term memory wiped out to prevent a breach of the Prime Directive, but that fails as Commander William Riker and Counselor Deanna Troi find out, after they are beamed down again, temporarily altered to resemble Mintakans, to look for missing anthropologist Palmer: this culture now revives an abandoned belief in a supernatural overseer, worships the Picard, and soon ponders to offer Counselor Troi as a human sacrifice.... Written by
Did You Know?
This is the second of three times Picard shows a native female her home planet from orbit. See more
When Dr. Crusher contacts the Enterprise to beam up the injured Liko, the reply can be clearly heard as, "Yes, Captain" rather than "Yes, Doctor." See more
[Liko is about to shoot Picard to prove that the latter is a supernatural being
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
If you believe I am all-powerful, then you cannot hurt me. If, however, I am telling the truth, and I am mortal... you will kill me. But if the only proof you will believe is my death... then shoot.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more