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
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liked the story structure of the episode introducing Riker, Crusher, and La Forge later in the episode so much that, when writing "Emissary," he chose to introduce Jadzia Dax and Julian Bashir later in that episode in a similar way. Piller commented: "One of the tricks I learned from watching "Encounter at Farpoint" again was that they didn't introduce Riker and Geordi and Crusher until two or three acts in. See more
In the Holodeck, Data tells Riker that he graduated Starfleet Academy with the "Class of '78". A later episode, Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Neutral Zone
, establishes that Season One is set in the year 2364. It is likely that this early in the season, the 2364 time line had not yet been established by the show's producers, otherwise this would create a plot hole that would imply that Data had graduated with the Class of 2278 and served in Starfleet for 86 years. 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 ...
Referenced in Star Trek: Nemesis
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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more