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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.

Director:

Corey Allen

Writers:

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

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

In the 24th Century, Captain Jean-Luc Picard assumes command of the Federation's state of the art, luxury flagship, the fifth U.S.S. Enterprise, and its new crew with an array of both humans and non-humans. 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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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1987 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When Riker takes a bite out of an apple and remarks "It's delicious" he happens to be taking a bite out of a Delicuous type apple. See more »

Goofs

It is claimed that Data has not been programmed to use contractions. Yet he says the word "can't" while the Q transport in chasing them. He in fact uses contractions at least 32 times. See more »

Quotes

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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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Alternate Versions

The opening scene after the opening credits of the two-hour version became the teaser scene before the opening credits in the two-part version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The First Duty (1992) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Not an informative way to start a new series.
21 November 2018 | by jameselliot-1See all my reviews

I saw the debut on TV when the series premiered. While the cast was great, except for the Yar character, the two parter was overblown, starting off with the immediate arrival of Q that is way too early. The first few shows sbould have explored the main crew members and their personalities. A few seconds after Q goes into his spiel, I thought 'Wait, this is a copy of Trelane without the dynamic excellence of William Campbell', who played the role with foppish braggadocio to perfection. It took me six or seven episodes to finally warm up to the series.


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