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Encounter at Farpoint 

On the maiden mission of the U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701-D), an omnipotent being known as Q challenges the crew to discover the secret of a mysterious base in an advanced and civilized fashion.

Director:

Corey Allen

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), D.C. Fontana | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Stewart ... Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Commander William T. Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lieutenant Geordi La Forge
Denise Crosby ... Lieutenant Tasha Yar
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
John de Lancie ... Q
Michael Bell ... Zorn
DeForest Kelley ... Admiral Leonard McCoy
Colm Meaney ... Battle Bridge Conn
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Mandarin Bailiff (as Cary-Hiroyuki)
Tim Dang ... Main Bridge Security (as Timothy Dang)
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Storyline

In the 24th Century, Captain Jean-Luc Picard assumes command of the Federation's state of the earth, more luxurious flagship, the fifth U.S.S. Enterprise, and its new crew, with more non-humans, such as psychic counselor Deanna Troi, a former of lover of the first officer, commander William T. Riker. Medical chief Beverly Crusher comes with her bright, inquisitive adolescent son, Wesley. On their maiden voyage, to Farpoint space station, on the primitive Bandi planet, they come under the apparently inescapable control of alien Q, representative of a technologically superior civilization. He calls humanity backward savages, but accepts to put them to the test at the station. Bandi leader Zorn offers full use of the apparently adequate facilities, but no answers to the key questions, how the station was built, and what agonized feelings Troi is picking up. Written by KGF Vissers

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1987 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Television See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The theme that is played when Q floats into the courtroom in his judge's chair was originally composed by Dennis McCarthy for V: The Rescue (1985). In that episode, it is played during a wedding. The theme is heard again in the last episode of the series, V: The Return (1985), where it is heard shortly before the decoy shuttle is destroyed. See more »

Goofs

When Picard first enters the bridge the ground beside Data has a section of carpet behind his console covering something. When the scene cuts to another camera, the carpet is gone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Captain's log, stardate 41153.7 - Our destination is planet Deneb IV, beyond which lies the great, unexplored mass of the galaxy. My orders are to examine Farpoint, a starbase built there by the inhabitants of that world. Meanwhile, I am becoming better acquainted with my new command, this Galaxy-class USS Enterprise. I am still somewhat in awe of its size and complexity. As for my crew, we are short in several key positions, most notably a first officer. But I'm informed that a ...
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Alternate Versions

The two-part version, which is the one usually shown in syndication, is missing several short scenes. One scene cut has Riker being shown a recap of the Enterprise's encounter with The Q. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Brothers (1990) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Engage to the 24th Century
7 August 1999 | by Op_PrimeSee all my reviews

Encounter at Farpoint is a excellent start to Star Trek: The Next Generation. It is not very exciting and action filled as other episodes but it does what it was meant to. Introduce us to a new crew of a new Starship Enterprise. The effects are, of course, high above average and the introduction of one of my favorite characters, Q, is great. No Star Trek fan should miss this.


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