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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.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Captain Jean-Luc Picard
... Commander William T. Riker
... Lieutenant Geordi La Forge
... Lieutenant Tasha Yar
... Lt. Worf
... Dr. Beverly Crusher
... Counselor Deanna Troi
... Lt. Commander Data
... Wesley Crusher
... Q
... Zorn
... Admiral Leonard McCoy
... Battle Bridge Conn
... Mandarin Bailiff (as Cary-Hiroyuki)
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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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 »


As Riker leaves Farpoint with Data to investigate the explosions which are coming from the Bandi village, Troi yells out, "Wait! If you should be hurt." Riker responds sternly with, "You have your orders, Lieutenant. Carry them out." Deanna Troi is a lieutenant commander so he should have said "Commander," which is the shortened version of that rank, not "Lieutenant." 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 Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hide and Q (1987) See more »


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One Of The Best Episodes Of TNG
30 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

Captain Picard takes command of the starship Enterprise.

John de Lancie as "Q" is amusing, I have made an estimated 30 viewings of this pilot as Lancie's acting and lines are something I can enjoy over and over again! "Q" would appear in several other episodes of TNG, and they were good.

I think my interest in this episode is partly rooted in the fact that "Q" is constantly insulting the Enterprise crew, something I often feel like doing as well. Also, Picard gets some great lines of dialogue whenever he is with "Q".

And finally, the music score just has more gusto and punch than the later scores for the series.

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