The "Enterprise" is to provide technical assistance to a 3-man anthropological field team on the planet Mintaka III, which is observing, in hiding, the Vulcanoid Bronze Age native population. When the holographic hiding place is ravaged by an explosion, the landing party and its advanced technology are observed by two natives, one of whom, Liko, gets hurt badly and is beamed up for life-saving treatment; Picard orders his short-term memory wiped out to prevent a breach of the Prime Directive, but that fails as Commander William Riker and Counselor Deanna Troi find out, after they are beamed down again, temporarily altered to resemble Mintakans, to look for missing anthropologist Palmer. The culture now revives an abandoned belief in a supernatural overseer, worships the Picard, and soon considers offering Counselor Troi as a human sacrifice.
Did You Know?
The "who watches the watchers" quote is sometimes incorrectly attributed to Plato
. Although one of his debates in The Republic has a similar theme, he never writes anything that could be translated into that line specifically. See more
The Mintakans believe Picard to be a god. Liko shoots "The Picard" with an arrow to prove he is immortal. After Picard falls, Nuria reveals Picard's (red) blood on her hand to prove his mortality to Liko. The Mintakans are described as "Proto-Vulcans" which means that they have GREEN blood. Revealing that Picard's blood is red would greater add to the belief that he is a magical or mythological being. See more
You have taught us there is nothing beyond our reach.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Not even the stars.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more