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Picard falls for the new head of the stellar science services department, but has feelings of misgivings when he's forced to assign her to a dangerous mission.

Director:

Robert Wiemer

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Ronald Wilkerson | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
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. Cmdr. Data
Wendy Hughes ... Lt. Cmdr. Nella Daren
Majel Barrett ... Enterprise Computer (voice)
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Wondering why an experiment at stellar cartography has most of the ship's resources reserved for hours, Picard goes see the stellar sciences section's obnoxiously assertive new head, Lieutenant Commander Nella Daren. Spending some time together they find they share several interests and enjoy playing music together. The relationship gets tested by balancing his authority and her tendency to sort of abuse his feelings for her. Then she suggests a way to help colonists about to suffer a severe stellar storm, and joins one of the rescue teams, which is badly hit... Written by KGF Vissers

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Trivia

This episode brings out of storage Picard's beloved Ressikan flute, that he learned to play in the previous season's critically acclaimed episode Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Inner Light (1992). See more »

Goofs

As the camera zooms out while Picard and Daren are playing, Daren's portable piano can clearly be seen on a stand. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Cmdr. Nella Daren: [about Picard] He seems... somewhat isolated.
Doctor Beverly Crusher: I'd say he's a very private person but not isolated.
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Connections

References Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Inner Light (1992) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Delicate Episode
29 September 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Patrick Stewart is a great actor in any sense of the word. Here, his Jean-Luc Picard is smitten with an attractive woman who is multi-talented, both in her vocation and her avocation. She is a masterful musician, a pianist of great skill. One of Picard's few opportunities for artistic fulfillment, comes from a flute he was given in the episode where he lives an entire lifetime on a doomed planet. He plays along with computer generated music all by himself. He is immediately attracted to this woman and the loneliness of his position becomes a force with which he must deal. He is her superior on the Enterprise and there are understandings. Just because her role is research doesn't mean she may be required to perform a dangerous mission given the right circumstances. This episode is so beautifully done, with so much hurt and heart, that it really grabs us. Eventually, of course, those decisions are going to be made, and the role of Captain must be recognized. It's sad and poignant.


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3 April 1993 (USA) See more »

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