After a century of silence, the Enterprise receives a message from the Shelia system informing them that they have discovered a human colony on a world in their sector. As they will be colonizing the planet themselves in four days time, they want the Enterprise to evacuate all humans from their territory. The planet in question is in a high radiation zone and no one can understand how any human could be living there. Data, immune to the radiation, is sent to the planet to arrange for the inhabitants' departure. Once there, however, he finds a population of 15,253 who firmly have no intention of leaving. While Picard seeks a way to get more time from the Sheliak, Data enlists the help of one local to convince the rest to leave.
Did You Know?
During this episode the dedication plaque for the Enterprise is seen. This is different from the reproductions available for sale online. The main text reads. "U.S.S. Enterprise Galaxy Class Starfleet Registry NCC1707-D Utopia Planetia Fleetyards, Mars Fifth Starship to Bear the Name". This is followed by a single, narrow column of five lines of text (the names and 'ranks' of the creators of Star Trek). At the bottom is the line, "... to boldly go where no one has gone before."
The reproductions available also include the dedication date and "United Federation of Planets", as well as between three and six columns of names beneath the main section, depending on the version. As such, the reproductions are not accurate, at least not through the third season. See more
Picard orders Riker to keep the Enterprise nose-to-nose with the Sheliak, and to move as they move. This order should've been given to the conn officer, whose job it is to move the ship. See more
Counselor Deanna Troi
Captain, when the treaty was first negotiated, the Federation sent 372 legal experts. What do we have?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Thee and me.
A Little Night Music
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