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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.


Robert Wiemer


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

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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Wendy Hughes ... Lt. Cmdr. Nella Daren
Majel Barrett ... Enterprise Computer (voice)


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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3 April 1993 (USA) See more »

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During many of the practice sessions, Lt Cmdr Daren's keyboard is roughly a half-step sharp. See more »


The Enterprise beams the rescue team into a hot, dusty firestorm without basic safety equipment like work gloves or goggles, let alone respirators, self contained air supplies, or sealed, heat resistant environment suits. See more »


[Picard tells Lt. Cmdr. Daren of his life on Kataan from "The Inner Light"]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: ...And when I awoke, all that I had left of that life... was the flute that I'd taught myself to play.
Lt. Cmdr. Nella Daren: Why are you telling me this?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Because I want you to understand what my music means to me... and what it means for me to be able to share it with someone.
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Frère Jacques
Traditional French folk song
Performed by Patrick Stewart and Wendy Hughes
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Cheap episode and do they even consult musicians?
8 January 2019 | by herbie-17See all my reviews

Look, I have no problem with Picard falling in love with a crew member but do it well! This was not done well

Not only was this episode cheaply produced (they used a Jeffrey's Tube drop right in front of the camera in the worst way possible), but it seems with all the talent around TNG, they can't seem to find a musician!!?? "I noticed you chose to use a D diminished chord in the second arpeggio." What??? It's Chopin piano trio. He wrote it, there no improv involved, no cadenzas. Any classical musician could have told the writers this. When Picard's love interest unrolls her "magical piano" it only has 4 octaves...and yet when she plays it, it seems to have at least 7. Ugh.

the acting feels stilted on the cheeseball scale it ranks Hallmark Channel 10!! One of the weakest episodes in the 6th season.

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