The Inner Light

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (4)

  • Eline: 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. Picard: Eline... Eline: Now we live in you. Tell them of us... my darling.

  • Picard: Seize the time, Meribor - live now! Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.

  • Batai: We've learned, Administrator, that hope is a powerful weapon against anything.

  • Eline: Are you hungry? Picard: Hungry, thirsty..exhausted. I suppose that proves this is not a dream. Eline: You think this...your life..is a dream? Picard: This is not my life!

Notes (7)

  • Troi (Marina Sirtis) does not appear in this episode.

  • This is widely considered by most Next Generation fans as the best episode ever of the series.

  • Brent Spiner (Data) and Richard Riehle (Batai) would later appear in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Cold Station 12" and "The Augments" together. They played Dr. Arik Soong and Dr. Jeremy Lucas respectively.

  • The small "recorder" Picard is given from the probe is seen in several more episodes of the series, most notably in the episode "Lessons".

  • Actor Scott Jaeck would later play the ill-fated first officer of the USS Voyager in the Star Trek: Voyager pilot.

  • The song Picard plays toward the end of the episode is from Jay Chattaway's "Orchestral Suite from the Inner Light."

  • Daniel Stewart, who portrays a young Batai, is Patrick Stewart's real-life son.

Trivia (1)

  • Trivia: The first song Picard plays on his flute is Frere Jacques, the same song he sang to the kids in the turbolift shaft in "Disaster."