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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" Family (TV Episode 1990) Poster

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Brent Spiner (Data) does not appear in this episode, the only one of the entire series in which he is absent.
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While not written or filmed until well after the completion of Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds: Part II (1990), "Family", popular in its own right, has come to be seen as the third part of "The Best of Both Worlds" serial. It is one of the few times where characters' families are introduced (Worf's parents, Picard's family). Although the relaxed, peaceful, episode feels like a 180-degree opposition to the adventurous, warlike serial, part of its point is to put in context what the Borg were threatening - loved ones, as well as civilization and planets.
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David Birkin, who plays Captain Picard's nephew Rene Picard, would later go on to play a younger version of Captain Picard himself in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Rascals (1992).
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"Family" not only revealed personal information about the series regulars, but Chief O'Brien also gained a full name, Miles Edward O'Brien, as well as a more defined rank, Chief petty officer, though his rank insignia would continue to change throughout the series. In this one he wears two irregularly-shaped pips.
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One of only a few episodes in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) that does not have a scene taking place on the bridge. The others are Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shades of Gray (1989) (except stock footage), Star Trek: The Next Generation: Liaisons (1993) and Star Trek: The Next Generation: Dark Page (1993).
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Paramount expressed initial concern over the casting of Theodore Bikel and Georgia Brown, feeling that the two, who were best known for work in Yiddish theatre, would be too comedic or stereotypical for the roles.
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Michael Piller suggested the script be given a science fiction oriented subplot to round out the episode, though none of the proposed storylines met with anyone's satisfaction. One proposed storyline would come to be expanded on, and serve as the plot of Star Trek: The Next Generation: Remember Me (1990).
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When Picard tells Robert of what he experienced at the hands of the Borg, the part of his face not covered in mud very closely resembles the Borg implants he had been fitted with.
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David Birkin delivers the line, "Someday, I'm going to be a Starship Captain." This is likely a coincidental foreshadowing in this 1990 episode, but it could have been an intentional Easter egg by the writers as the same actor returns in the sixth season episode "Rascals" (1992) to play a 12 year-old version of Captain Picard who gives a few orders as captain before ceding command to Riker.
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47 reference: Picard's brother Robert serves Chateau Picard wine from a 2347 vintage.
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Jack Crusher appears in the hologram wearing a Starfleet uniform from the TOS films but without the undershirt that had trapunto collar and cuffs and with a Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)-era com-badge.
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Theodore Bikel originated the role of Captain Von Trapp in "The Sound of Music". In the film, his role was given to Christopher Plummer, who appeared in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), including a scene opposite Michael Dorn.
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This episode takes place in 2367.
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Doug Wert has appeared as Lieutenant Commander Jack R. Crusher in the TNG episodes "Family", "Violations" and "Journey's End".
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There have been many Star Trek / Sherlock Holmes crossovers. Guest stars in this episode include Samantha Eggar and Jeremy Kemp, who also appeared in the Sherlock Holmes movie The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976). The source novelist and screenwriter for this move was Nicholas Meyer, who directed Star Trek II and Star Trek VI.
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Theodore Bikel (playing Worf's father) and Samantha Eggar (playing Picard's sister-in-law) do not share a scene in this episode. However, they appeared together as a married couple in the episode Columbo: The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case (1977).
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