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On a diplomatic mission, Worf, Troi and the Captain deal with three aliens who explore foreign concepts with extreme, singular focus.


Cliff Bole


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Jeanne Carrigan-Fauci (teleplay by) (as Jeanne Carrigan Fauci) | 5 more credits »




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
Barbara Williams ... Anna
Eric Pierpoint ... Voval
Paul Eiding ... Ambassador Loquel
Michael Harris ... Ambassador Byleth
Rickey D'Shon Collins Rickey D'Shon Collins ... Eric


The Enterprise is on a diplomatic mission to open relations with the Iyaarans. While two of their ambassadors board the ship, Captain Picard embarks by shuttle craft to their home world. Counselor Troi takes charge of Ambassador Loquel, who takes delight in the many pleasures, especially chocolate, which can be found on board the ship. Lt. Worf is assigned to Ambassador Byleth, whose gruff and demanding behavior drives the Klingon to the edge of losing his temper. Picard doesn't quite make it to the Iyaaran home world as the malfunctioning shuttle craft is forced to land on a stormy nearby planet. There, Picard finds a crashed freighter and an attractive young woman who has been a castaway for seven years. Nothing is at it seems, however, either on the Enterprise or the planet. Written by garykmcd

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The working title of the episode was "The Journey". See more »


When "Anna" locks Picard inside the freighter, the handle turns, supposedly locking him in. Picard tries to get out, but never touches the handle. See more »


Counselor Deanna Troi: This is my favorite: Ktarian chocolate puff! I don't know exactly what's inside, but I think it's made with seventeen varieties of chocolate.
[she gives Ambassador Loquel some of it to taste]
Ambassador Loquel: That is... that is...
Counselor Deanna Troi: Delicious?
Ambassador Loquel: Delicious.
Counselor Deanna Troi: Ambassador, I think we're going to get along very well.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
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This episode is funny, in a Star Trek sort of way
1 March 2019 | by snarky-trek-reviewsSee all my reviews

Worf and Riker bro down while they put on dresses. Riker gets all SJW on Worf before complementing him. They meet up with Picard and Troi. Troi is wearing a dress too, but Picard just has on a snazzy jacket. They meet up with three aliens and then go to 10 forward for a party. Except for Picard, he and one of the aliens go for a bromantic shuttle ride.

Everyone at the party in 10 forward has a grand old time except for Worf who gets to play waiter for his alien companion. Data makes small talk with Worf and its pretty funny, in a Star Trek sort of way.

Meanwhile on the shuttle, Picard and his alien brodie are having an awkward moment when the power suddenly fails and they have to crash land on a desolate planet. Communications are out and Pircard's brodie is hurt so Picard goes outside to look for help. Its noteworthy how many breathable atmospheres there are in the Star Trek universe. He's hit by a plasma discharge and rescued by a stranger.

Back on the Enterprise Worf is playing nice with his new frienemy (Geordi is too modest, I'd have said yes because its so obviously true). Troi is out and about with her new alien bestie who's never seen a child before. They make a new friend and then go get desert. Its funny, in a Star Trek sort of way.

On the planet Picard awakens to find himself injured and alone with a mysterious women named Ana. She tells him that his Brodie is dead and then leaves the room for what I assume was a commercial break. Turns out she's been stranded herself for 7 years (since stardate 40812). Not to worry though, she's off to the shuttle to get a communications device.

On the Enterprise Worf is plotting a murder. Riker and Troi are quite pleased with his frustrations. Its actually pretty funny, in a Star Trek sort of way. They plan to play a game of poker.

Meanwhile Picard's new boo has destroyed the communications device with a phaser. She expresses her hopelessness, mulls over suicide, and confesses her love for Picard in an effort to get into his pants. Then she makes him dinner and starts forcing the issue while he works on a way off the planet. Its a little awkward.

Worf is still bad at poker. Not only does he lack a poker face but he keeps his chips in front of another player. The ensuing conflict is completely predictable and somewhat funny, in a Star Trek sort of way.

Hooray, Picard has MacGyvered a way off the planet but his savior would rather stay and bang him out. Her desperation is palpable. No means no Ana, no means no.

Spoiler spoiler plot exposition spoiler.

Picard and his brodie head back to the Enterprise where Worf and his new bestie have been fighting in the holodeck. Homeostasis is restored and the credits roll.

Over all this episode is pretty good as a one off, but its not very memorable. Every time I rewatch TNG I forget all about this episode until it rolls around. And then I end up enjoying the B-story on the Enterprise much more than the A-story on the planet. Its not badly written by any means, its just not quite to my taste.

Verdict: Funny, in a Star Trek sort of way.

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