Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 7 Episode 25

All Good Things... (1)

Aired Unknown May 23, 1994 on CBS
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Stardate: 47988.0 Captain Picard is shifting through three time periods: just before the Enterprise-D is sent on its mission to Farpoint station, the present, and 25 years in the future, when Picard has just been diagnosed with Irumadic Syndrome, a degenerative brain disease. Meanwhile, an anomaly appears in the past and present in the Neutral Zone that piques the interest of both Starfleet and the Romulans; the Enterprise is sent to investigate. On the way there, Q finally confirms Picard’s suspicion that he is responsible for the time traveling and that the anomaly is related to the shifts. He tells the Captain that the trial of seven years ago never ended and that humanity has been found guilty of being inferior. As punishment, humanity is to be destroyed -- not by the Q continuum, but by Picard himself. Now Picard must discover how he will destroy humanity, and how, or if, he can stop himself.moreless

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  • A satisfying finale

    Patrick Stewart is the straw that stirs the drink in this mesmerizing finale with a plot (appropriately centered on Picard) that works with the pilot to bookend the show. Covering three time periods (with a puzzle connecting them) the episode moves at warp speed thanks to the time shifting, which brilliantly occurs with the audio changing time periods ahead of the visuals (leading to some cool cuts). Meanwhile, the plot weaves together big, high concept themes like time and existence with smaller character-based themes such as life, death, friendship and love. Adding to the joy is the authentic feeling of each time period, which makes the episode seem (within the show's framework) nostalgic, contemporary, and futuristic all at once. The cunning script even finds ways to exclude some of the "big seven" regulars in the past and future, which allows the show to sprinkle in guest stars without overwhelming the story or the viewers. And by wisely limiting the guest stars to one time period each (with the exception of John de Lancie), it allows for more of them than usual and creates distinct time periods that are easy for the audience to immediately differentiate. The glue that holds everything together is the dazzling performance of Patrick Stewart who owns every scene in the episode and sends the series on its way to feature films in spectacular fashion. And while "All Good Things" is not without its flaws (there are some gaping mistakes in the story if you think about it too much) the finale is infused with such love that it feels perfect especially for those who have watched and enjoyed the previous episodes of the show. It's as satisfying a conclusion as a fan could wish for.moreless
  • A worthy finale - has an epic scope that the ensuing feature films only rarely captured.

    The plot of "All Good Things" is not anything earth-shattering, but that's OK. The writers and producers tried very hard to pay tribute to Star Trek the show - to the characters, the relationships between them, nods to previous adventures - and provide fitting closure to the series.

    The pre-Farpoint crew is really, to me, the highlight of the episode - the goofy uniforms, Data's extreme naivete, O'Brien back at the helm. Whereas John DeLancie's Q was ridiculously over-the-top in "Encounter at Farpoint", we get a more sophisticated reading here. He all too knowingly mocks the Enterprise crew and even the premise of the show in a sequence that never fails to get a chuckle out of me.

    And Patrick Stewart - well, he gives the kind of superlative performance we'd expect.moreless
  • the past, present and future collide in this episode where Q and Captain picard shine.

    This is one of the best episodes and it was the last one in a long series of great shows. How the past, present and future collide in this episode are great. It is nice to see what the show would evolve into when the moves started to come out. this episode is a great one because of the focus on captain Picard and his expereinces in the episode. If it were not for him the show would not be able to explain why what was to happen happened. all in al one of thre greatest episodes if not the greatest of all time.moreless
  • Pretty solid episode.

    I thought that this was a well done episode for the series. It was a good lead in to the second half of the two part saga. The writing was good and I thought the acting was really solid. With that said, I also thought that the plot was a bit confusing at first. I had a hard time trying to keep up with everything and it took some time time to figure out what in the world Picard was doing. After I realized everything, it was all smooth sailing from that point on. When I think of it, it was a really nice plot. Thank you.moreless
  • Probably the best episode (along with part 2) of TNG! SPOILER ALERT

    This episode is just like the ending of a fireworks show, with its most spectacular pyrotechnical effects just at the end. It has EVERYTHING to impress positively the audience; it has action, battles, mistery, "time travelling", advanced theories and a main character who embodies the essence of the series: captain Jean-Luc Picard.

    It is also a great tribute to the entire series, since the plot gives the opportunity to "live" again the scenes of the first episode. The storyline is perfectly written, it doesn't spoil the mistery until the end, and for once, maybe thanks to the presence of the omnipotent Q, a story about events set in different times and interfering one to the other doesn't lead to braincrashing paradoxes!moreless
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

Clyde Kusatsu

Clyde Kusatsu

Admiral Nakamura

Guest Star

Martha Hackett

Martha Hackett

Alien Captain (scenes cut)

Guest Star

Pamela Kosh

Pamela Kosh


Guest Star

John de Lancie

John de Lancie


Recurring Role

Denise Crosby

Denise Crosby

Tasha Yar

Recurring Role

Colm Meaney

Colm Meaney

Miles O'Brien

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Trivia: Apart from Picard, the only other characters to appear in all three timelines throughout the story are Worf and Data. The rest appear briefly, or not at all, in either the past or future timeline, but appear in either one or both of the other two. e.g. Troi appears in the past and present but is dead in the future. Riker is also seen in the past, although this was taken from Season 1 episodes.

    • In the past scenes, they forgot to change the conn chairs to their first season versions, when they were much taller.

    • In the past timeline sequences, they briefly slip-up and leave in some signs from the future-timeline scenes - look at the turbolift doors just after Troi in the past timeline talks about her relationship with Riker.

    • Both the Pasteur and the Enterprise go at speeds exceeding Warp 10, although it has been stated repeatedly that Warp 9 is the maximum. (This was apparently inserted deliberately by the writers, either as an in-joke or to emphasize the whole thing may be a hallucination given to Picard by Q and it's not "really" happening.)

    • In the past scenes, Data is missing one gold rank pip, making his rank appear to be Lt. Junior Grade. He should be a Lt. Commander (thankfully Picard calls him by his correct rank). (It's interesting to note that Data's rank remained Lt. Commander throughout the entire series, even in all the feature films.)

    • The question of Data's rank is a bigger goof than that. For some reason, the writers seem to have meant for Data to be a Lieutenant JG (even though we know he was already Lt. Commander by the Farpoint mission). At one point in the past, Picard leaves the bridge to Lt. Yar while Data is sitting right there at Ops. And yet, when Picard meets Data for the first time (again), he DOES call him "Commander Data." So, which is it?

    • If the rupture is growing backwards in time, the sequence of events shown here is reversed. The future Enterprise crew should see the rupture when they arrive, and then it should get smaller until it vanishes entirely (when they make the scan and create it).

    • Tomalak says the Romulans will send one of their own ships in to investigate the anomaly along with the Enterprise, but we never see such a ship from then on.

    • If you look at the command consoles on the captain's chair on the Enterprise from the past, they are moulded into the chair. During the time of the Farpoint mission, the consoles on the chair could be flipped open and closed. The moulded consoles didn't appear until later in the series.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Picard: You accused me of being the representative of a... a barbarous species.
      Q: I believe my exact words were "a dangerous, savage, child-race."

    • Picard: We are who we are. And, we're doing the best that we can.

    • Q: Humanity's fate has been sealed. You will be destroyed.
      Picard: Q, I do not believe even you are capable of such an act.
      Q: 'I'? There you go again always blaming me for everything. Well, this time, I'm not your enemy. I'm not the one that causes the annihilation of mankind. You are.
      Picard: Me?
      Q: That's right. You're doing it right now. You did it before and you'll do it yet again.
      Picard: What sort of meaningless double-talk is this?
      Q: He doesn't understand! I have only myself to blame, I suppose. I believed in you. I thought you had potential. May whatever God you believe in have mercy on your souls. This Court stands adjourned.

    • Deanna: That was an incredible program.
      Worf: I am glad you approve. I have always found the Black Sea at night to be a stimulating experience.
      Deanna: Worf, we were walking bear foot on the beach with balalaika music in the air, ocean breeze watching over us, stars in the sky, full moon rising, and the most you can say is stimulating?
      Worf: It was... very stimulating.

    • Beverly: I've prepared quarters for you on Deck Five if you'd like some rest.
      Picard: I'm fine. I don't need any rest.
      Beverly: Nell, please escort the Ambassador to his quarters
      Picard: I can find my way around a starship! (addresses the group, and gets mad) You're all treating me like an invalid, but I assure you I've got a few years left. I don't need to be led around and I don't want to be patronized!
      Beverly: You're right. I'm sorry...
      Picard: (starts for the turbolift) I'll go have a rest.

    • Picard: Are you responsible for my shifting through time?
      Q: I'll answer that question if you promise not to tell anyone (Q gets out of his chair and whispers into Picard's ear) Yes!
      Picard: Why?
      Q: Sorry! That's not a yes-or-no question, you forfeit the rest of your questions!

    • Beverly: Personally, I think that you just like waking everyone up in the middle of the night.
      Picard: Actually, I just love roaming the ship in my bare feet.

    • Q: ( to Picard) That is the exploration that awaits you, not mapping stars or studying nebulae, but charting the unknown possibilties of existence.

    • Picard: (yelling to the sky) Q! We're here! This has gone on long enough. (to Deanna) Counselor, do you sense an alien presence?
      Deanna: No, sir.
      Worf: What is a "Q"?
      Yar: It's a letter in alphabet as far as I know.

    • O'Brien: Looks like we'll all be burning the midnight oil on this one.
      Data: That would be inadvisable.
      O'Brien: Excuse me?
      Data: If you attempt to ignite a petroleum product on this ship at zero hundred hours, you will activate the fire suppression system, which would seal off this entire deck.

    • Data: It appears as though we will be required to ignite the midnight petroleum, Captain.

  • NOTES (9)

    • This episode marks Next Generation as the Star Trek series with the most episodes, beating Deep Space Nine by two.

    • This episode won an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Special Visual Effects.

    • Both this story and "Encounter at Farpoint" are really considered to be a one-parter (this story being over two hours with the extended scenes included), but both have been converted into a two-part format.

    • Deleted scenes such as Troi expressing her concern over her and Riker working together to Picard in the Ready Room, in the past timeline were re-incorpated in a special VHS Collector's Edition box set.

    • When Picard is talking to Riker at Farpoint, the producers get sneaky to make sure Riker "looks" correct (no beard, younger). They use footage of Riker from "The Arsenal of Freedom" - you can see Captain Paul Rice from that episode in the background.

    • A huge part of the story was written by Michael Piller. He asked not to receive any credit for his work.

    • The final time, out of a couple of episodes, that we see Picard aged. Others include "Future Imperfect" and "The Inner Light."

    • Picard keeps calling O'Brien "Chief", a title that he wouldn't hold until much later in the series and Deep Space Nine.

    • A fourth timeline with the Borg attack from "The Best of Both Worlds" was considered for the story.