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The Inner Light 

Picard awakes to find himself living in a small village where he is a well-known member of the community who is suffering from a delusion of being a starship captain.

Director:

Peter Lauritson

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Morgan Gendel (teleplay by) | 2 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 ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi (credit only)
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Margot Rose Margot Rose ... Eline
Richard Riehle ... Batai
Scott Jaeck ... Administrator
Jennifer Nash ... Meribor
Patti Yasutake ... Nurse Alyssa Ogawa
Daniel Stewart Daniel Stewart ... Young Batai
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Storyline

Not long after the Enterprise approaches an unknown buoy or satellite, Captain Picard falls unconscious on the bridge. He awakens in a village where he is married but also something of a village eccentric who thinks he is a spaceship captain by the name of Picard. His wife Eline tries to soothe him and his good friend Batai does not judge him. He lives a full life, has children and grows old. The planet he is on is dying however, suffering from a long and seemingly permanent drought. On board the Enterprise, the crew does its best to revive their unconscious captain but to no avail. Written by garykmcd

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 1992 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

While Picard's musical instrument is universally referred to as a flute, it is in fact a type of whistle, an example of which is the instrument played on Paul Simon's "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes." The tones played were actually produced by a soprano recorder. Being a non-functioning prop, Stewart simply moved his fingers while listening to a playback on the set, which was later replaced by a high-quality version in the soundtrack. See more »

Goofs

Picard is shown looking down into the valley of Ressik holding a straw hat in his left hand. In the next shot, taken from the front, the hat is missing. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Beverly Crusher: If somebody gets stabbed, you don't necessarily pull the knife out right away. It might do more harm than leaving it there.
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No Man's Land
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Written by Eric Bogle
Performed by Patrick Stewart
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The Wife
19 May 2008 | by rad1025See all my reviews

I have heard many comments, all true I might add, about how great the cast in this one was.

However,I think the wife really sold it and the entire show makes it because she plays it so well. In a few of the scenes she is simply radiant.

I think this wonderful actress may have surpassed her own abilities with this script. I think most actors that are fortunate to find work find that one role where it all just comes together.

This episode should have cleaned up at any awards show. Too bad no one was looking. How is it possible that anyone watched this and didn't think it worthy of an award?

Someday maybe Hollywood will get it. While the technical stuff is all fine and good, only a good story can be made into a great movie or episode. And this story was really good.


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