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Picard must learn to communicate with a race that speaks in metaphor under a difficult set of circumstances.

Director:

Winrich Kolbe

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Joe Menosky (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Richard Allen Richard Allen ... Tamarian First Officer
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Paul Winfield ... Captain Dathon
Ashley Judd ... Ensign Robin Lefler
Majel Barrett ... Enterprise Computer (voice)
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Storyline

The Enterprise approaches the uninhabited Eladrel solar system, near the territory of the enigmatic, presumably pacific race known as the Children of Tamar, which is now establishing contact. Picard expected fairly easy diplomacy, but the Tamarians first have a row at their side, then transport Picard and their own captain Dathon down to the nearest planet surface, which they make impenetrable behind a particle shield, to pit them for a duel, which Picard is unwilling to engage. Both the captain and his crew on the bridge desperately study the Tamarian language, which they find to be unusually focused on mythical narrative, notably the epic of Darmac, which holds the key to its metaphorical 'code', and thus to the whole situation. Written by KGF Vissers

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1991 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Loosely based on the Bronze Age Sumerian legend of "Gilgamesh and Enkidu" which Picard briefly recounts for Dathon. See more »

Goofs

While on the planet, Picard tries to light a fire. It goes out right away, but he never tries again. Not very productive of anyone from Starfleet, let alone a Starfleet captain. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Captain's log, stardate 45047.2 - The Enterprise is en route to the uninhabited El-Adrel system. Its location is near the territory occupied by an enigmatic race known as "The Children of Tama."
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Connections

Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Game (1991) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Darmok on the ocean
17 September 2019 | by john_mathonSee all my reviews

This episode may be one of the best of all science fiction episodes of any series. I don't know how to express how this episode affects me. Somehow the effort to communicate and sacrificing ones life to bring people together is the highest expression of humanity. I feel like I watched a performance by Bach or Stravinsky.


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