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Encounter at Farpoint 

On the maiden mission of the U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701-D), an omnipotent being known as Q challenges the crew to discover the secret of a mysterious base in an advanced and civilized fashion.


Corey Allen


Gene Roddenberry (created by), D.C. Fontana | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Stewart ... Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Commander William T. Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lieutenant Geordi La Forge
Denise Crosby ... Lieutenant Tasha Yar
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
John de Lancie ... Q
Michael Bell ... Zorn
DeForest Kelley ... Admiral Leonard McCoy
Colm Meaney ... Battle Bridge Conn
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Mandarin Bailiff (as Cary-Hiroyuki)
Timothy Dang Timothy Dang ... Main Bridge Security


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. Written by KGF Vissers

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26 September 1987 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A dropped idea for Q was that the Q Continuum was many entities with the same face. While Q's behavior still falls under the concept of the general trickster archetype, watching this episode with this in mind, it's very clear that John de Lancie's performance is based on this idea. See more »


When Picard orders Worf to move the Enterprise between the planet and the alien ship attacking it, he orders "force fields full on." He meant "shields," not "force fields." See more »


[first lines]
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 ...
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Referenced in The Toys That Made Us: Star Trek (2018) See more »


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In hindsight, it's okay.
9 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I have not watched any episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" since they first debuted. Now, two and a half decades later plus, I am going to watch and review them all.

As for this first episode, I remember hating it when it debuted. However, I am giving it a fair shake...and then I'll explain why I hated it!

The show begins with Captain Picard taking command of the Enterprise. Soon after, a super-being, Q, takes control of the ship and explains that humans are all savage idiots--and he advises them to go back to their own solar system...NOW. Picard, of course, doesn't comply with this decree and soon finds that Q IS pretty much all-powerful. Eventually, Q places Picard and the crew on trial--a trial that MIGHT result in their obliteration. The trial is a total farce and it's interrupted when Picard suggests that Q examine the PRESENT human race to see if it still savage--at which point Q releases everyone for them to continue their original mission to Farpoint. Could it be what they do at Farpoint determines what Q will do next?

After re-watching the show, I realize that I was a bit harsh-- though it is not a particularly outstanding episode either. While I really grew to love the Q episodes, this one is VERY preachy about how noble the human race has become--one of the more annoying aspects of the Star Trek future. Additionally, the show is a bit slow compared to later shows--but I cannot blame everyone, as the show was trying to find its way and establish itself. Worth seeing but not particularly noteworthy aside from being the first two episodes.

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