A proto-Vulcan culture worships Captain Picard and prepares to offer Counselor Troi as a sacrifice.



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Episode cast overview:
Wesley Crusher (credit only)
James Greene ...
Oji (as Pamela Segall)
John McLiam ...
James McIntire ...
Lois Hall ...
Dr. Mary Warren


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 KGF Vissers

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14 October 1989 (USA)  »

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The episode's plot bears some similarities to some aspects of Erick Von Daaniken's premise concerning extraterrestrials visiting Earth in ancient times. In this case, Liko mistook the Enterprise's use of technology to beam Liko to Sickbay and heal his wounds as magic due to their technological frame of reference only being at a Bronze Age level, as well as Liko mistaking Picard's name for that of a god (or "Overseer" in the Mintakan culture) and the scientist Palmer as a servant of "the Picard". See more »


The bow used in the show is a compound bow, a bow that has wheels or cams to increase power. A species at this point in their evolution would still be using a standard straight or re-curve bow. See more »


Counselor Deanna Troi: Mintakan emotions are quite interesting. Like the Vulcans, they have highly ordered minds. A very sensible people. For example, Mintakan women precede their mates. It's a signal to other women.
Commander William T. Riker: "This man's taken, get your own"?
Counselor Deanna Troi: Not precisely. More like, "If you want his services, I'm the one you have to negotiate with".
Commander William T. Riker: What kind of services?
Counselor Deanna Troi: All kinds.
Commander William T. Riker: They *are* a sensible race.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Pen Pals (1989) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Archeoastronautic Theory of Erich von Daniken on screen :)
18 January 2014 | by (Slovakia) – See all my reviews

There is a science called Archeoastronatics, which treats only this issue: In our distant past the creatures came, mighty and god-like to us and now, we have many religions...for example the take-off of Henoch to heaven on the chariot of fire...etc..

I do not see religions based on this, which maybe are almost all as TRUE.

BUT: I with all my heart believe i GOD. Not in Jesus, not in Allah, in GOD. Without that priggery described in many of so-called religious books. Without complicated dogmas, rituals, without SIN. I believe in GOD, which created all "gods". I feel him in my heart. I do not know why he created us, and maybe he/she/it does not know this even by himself...

I like this episode. And Picard alone told in some of the previous episodes, that there may be something...that we are more then our physical bodies..

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