In the 24th Century, Captain Jean-Luc Picard assumes command of the Federation's state of the earth, more luxurious flagship, the fifth U.S.S. Enterprise, and its new crew, with more non-humans, such as psychic counselor Deanna Troi, a former of lover of the first officer, commander William T. Riker. Medical chief Beverly Crusher comes with her bright, inquisitive adolescent son, Wesley. On their maiden voyage, to Farpoint space station, on the primitive Bandi planet, they come under the apparently inescapable control of alien Q, representative of a technologically superior civilization. He calls humanity backward savages, but accepts to put them to the test at the station. Bandi leader Zorn offers full use of the apparently adequate facilities, but no answers to the key questions, how the station was built, and what agonized feelings Troi is picking up.
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The only episode in this series where the opening credits displays the principal cast members' names only and not their character roles. Starting from Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Naked Now
(1987) and all the way through the series' run, the credits are displayed with character roles (i.e. "Patrick Stewart
as Captain Jean Luc Picard", etc.) See more
When Commander Riker is looking for Data, the computer tells Riker that Data is in the holodeck, "... the next hatchway on your right." Commander Riker goes through the door on his left. See more
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Captain's log, stardate 41153.7 - Our destination is planet Deneb IV, beyond which lies the great, unexplored mass of the galaxy. My orders are to examine Farpoint, a starbase built there by the inhabitants of that world. Meanwhile, I am becoming better acquainted with my new command, this Galaxy-class USS Enterprise. I am still somewhat in awe of its size and complexity. As for my crew, we are short in several key positions, most notably a first officer. But I'm informed that a ...
The original Columbia House video release had the episode cut into two parts, as it was re-aired, while later releases has the episode in its original two hour cut that was on the Paramount Home Video release. See more
Referenced in Star Trek: Nemesis
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more