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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.

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... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
... Cmdr. William Riker
... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
... Lt. Worf
... Dr. Beverly Crusher
... Counselor Deanna Troi (credit only)
... Lt. Commander Data
... Eline
... Batai
... Administrator
... Meribor
... Nurse Alyssa Ogawa
Daniel Stewart ... Young Batai
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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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30 May 1992 (USA)  »

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Marina Sirtis doesn't appear in this episode. See more »

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Near the end, when Picard suggests evacuating at least some people so that the planet's culture can survive, he's told that the planet is barely capable of sending a missile into space. But immediately thereafter, he's told that something is in the works, which turns out to be a probe that is capable of taking over the nervous system of and transmitting, all in believable time passage, a lifetime of interactive experience to an alien (Picard)! Even allowing for artistic license, a culture barely able to attain space travel would not have the kind of advanced neuro-psychological technology necessary to pull off a stunt like that. See more »

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Capt. Picard: [on his flute] When did I learn to play this?
Eline: I'm afraid you never did, dear. You do keep trying.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Generations (1994) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Hmmmm
6 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

Well, toddisatvha, I always wondered what it would be like to encounter someone with no soul. Congratulations on being my first.

This is the best Star Trek episode ever. An actor is a master when he can make you forget he's acting. That happened for me with so many of the characters in this episode.

The idea is a trick of the mind. What is important is that these long dead people will go on in one of the greatest human minds set into fiction. The character, a beloved one for many years, is inexorably affected by this experience, which he felt as real - not as a holodeck simulation which he could dismiss as fictional.

Maybe you do have a soul. Perhaps you simply have no heart.


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