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.
Did You Know?
Star Trek producer Ronald D. Moore
commented: "I've always felt that the experience in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Inner Light
(1992) would have been the most profound thing in Picard's life and changed him irrevocably. But that wasn't our intention when we created the episode. We were after a good hour of TV. The larger implications of how this could really screw somebody up didn't hit home with us until later. That's sometimes a danger in TV-you're so focused on getting the show made every week that sometimes you suffer from the "can't see the forest from the trees" syndrome. We never intended it to completely upend Picard's character and force a radical change in the series, so we contented ourselves with a single follow-up in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Lessons
(1993)." See more
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
The rest of us have been gone a thousand years. If you remember what we were, and how we lived, then we'll have found life again.
[the probe is launched
Now we live in you. Tell them of us... my darling.
Traditional French folk song
Performed by Patrick Stewart See more