Edit
"Star Trek: The Next Generation" Who Watches the Watchers (TV Episode 1989) Poster

Trivia

The Enterprise visits the planet Mintaka III in this episode. Mintaka is also the name of the Westernmost star of the three stars that form Orion's belt in the Constellation Orion. It is a white-blue Super Giant star located approximately 900 light-years from Earth, and is over 20 times larger and 7,000 times brighter than our Sun.
The Mintakan tapestry that is given to Picard by Nuria and the villagers was seen on Captain Picard's chair in his quarters in many subsequent episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and in all of the "Next Generation" films except Star Trek Nemesis.
7 of 7 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The scene where Riker is hiding from the citizens was shot at Santa Clarita, California at Vasquez Rocks--the same location Captain Kirk fought the Gorn.
5 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
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".
7 of 8 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The title is related to the phase Quis custodiet ipsos custodes, a Latin phrase from the Roman treatise Satires of Juvenal, written around AD 100, variously translated as "Who watches the watchmen", "Who watches the watchers", "Who will guard the guards", "Who shall watch the watchers themselves", or something similar. Another Juvenal expression provided the title of Star Trek: Bread and Circuses (1968).
The "who watches the watchers" quote is sometimes incorrectly attributed to Plato. Although one of his debates in The Republic has a similar theme, he never writes anything that could be translated into that line specifically.
5 of 6 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Beverly Crusher wears her longer lab coat for the first time which she continued to use for the remainder of the series and Star Trek Generations.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The idea of observing another civilization from a holographic duck blind is used again in Star Trek: Insurrection.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
This takes place in 2366.
4 of 9 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
This is the second of three times Picard shows a native female her home planet from orbit.
2 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The unusual-looking bow used by Liko is a Martin Dyna-Bo.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

See also

Goofs | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

Contribute to This Page