Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 1 Episode 1

Encounter At Farpoint (1)

Aired Unknown Sep 28, 1987 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • When the saucer separates, it is shown drifting away. On the viewscreen it goes a pretty far distance. However, when it changes screens, the saucer is closer to the ship then the viewscreen image.

    • When the camera shifts to showing civilians and Starfleet personnel moving about in the first 10 minutes of the episode, one Starfleet "red shirt" can be seen wearing a skirt, but the person wearing it is a male.

    • On the battle bridge, Data says it will take 51 minutes for them to meet up with the saucer right before Riker begins studying the whole encounter with Q. Riker was told to report to the Captain when finished. Q was on the Enterprise only five minutes, and Riker viewed an edited version of what happened. But right after Riker reported to the Captain, Data told them they were meeting the saucer. Why did it take Riker almost an hour to watch less than five minutes of footage?

    • If the saucer section doesn't have warp drive, how did it reach Farpoint Station after it separated from the lower section during the encounter with Q?

    • When Riker talks with Zorn, he refers to Farpoint Station as a "space" station, yet the station is firmly set on the surface of a planet.

    • TNG takes place in 2364, and the original series season 3 was 2270 (94 years difference). However if stardates really are 1000 per year, than the stardate here should be about 99000. "Turnabout Intruder", the last classic episode, was stardate 5928.8.

    • Data has been among humans for 26 years as of this episode, and has memorized a number of dictionaries--it seems odd he doesn't know the meaning of the word "snoop."

    • Riker says he reviewed the logs of the encounter with Q, where the alien kidnaps Troi, Picard, Tasha, and Data. But later he's unaware that Troi is a member of the crew.

    • Why doesn't Riker just call up Data on his combadge instead of traipsing through the ship to find him?

  • Quotes

    • Picard: If we're going to be damned, let's be damned for what we really are.

    • Worf: I am a Klingon, sir. For me to seek escape while my captain goes into battle...
      Picard: You are a Starfleet officer, Lieutenant.
      Worf: Aye, sir.

    • Admiral McCoy: Have you got some reason you want my atoms scattered all over space, boy?

    • Picard: We had a little adventure on our way here.
      (Riker watches the encounter with Q)
      Riker: He calls that a little adventure?

    • Picard: You will agree, Data, that Starfleet's orders are difficult.
      Data: Difficult? Simply solve the mystery of Farpoint station.
      Picard: (sardonically) As simple as that.

    • Picard: We do exactly what we would do if this Q never existed. If we're going to be damned, let's be damned for who we really are!

    • Picard: (to Worf reacting to Q on the screen) Lieutenant. Do you intend to blast a hole in the viewer?

    • McCoy: Well, This is a new ship, but she's got the right name. Now you remember that, you hear?
      Data: I will, sir.
      McCoy: You treat her like a lady, and she'll always bring you home.

    • Data: I thought it was generally accepted, sir, that Vulcans are an advanced and most honorable race.
      Admiral McCoy: They are, they are. Damned annoying at times.

    • Worf: (about Q) And now a personal request, sir. Permission to clean up the bridge?

    • Admiral McCoy: I don't see no points on your ears, boy, but you sound like a Vulcan!
      Data: No sir, I'm an android.
      Admiral McCoy: Almost as bad.

  • Notes

    • Due to Roddenberry's refluctance to include too many ties to the original series, Klingon Worf wasn't added to the cast until very late in the day before production began, and as a result, is not present in most of the publicity shots for the show taken before filming began.

    • Although it was only a bit role in this episode, the name "Lieutenant Torres" would later be reused for the Chief Engineer on Voyager.

    • Q's military uniform, which is that of a Marine Corps Captain, has the identical rank, ribbons, and badges of Lt. Col. Oliver North, when he testified at the Iran-Contra hearings, shortly before this went into production.

    • The filming of this episode (and the series itself) began on May 29, 1987.

    • This is the only episode in which the closing credits scroll.

    • Parts of Groppler Zorn's office were constructed from the Klingon Bird of Prey sickbay set from Star Trek IV, and the Enterprise Reactor Room from Star Trek II.

    • Colm Meaney (Chief O'Brien) and John de Lancie (Q) are the only actors, beside the regulars, to appear in both the pilot and finale of the series. Denise Crosby (Tasha), who left the series at the end of the first season (and was therefore not a regular at the time of the finale), also appeared in both episodes.

    • This is the only episode of this series to have the episode title consisting of all capital letters.

    • Miles O'Brien is only a helmsmen in this episode and also goes unnamed. He is only referred to as "Conn".

    • The scene after Data and Admiral McCoy part, which shows the starship Hood pulling away from the Enterprise is reused quite a few times throughout the series.

    • This the only Next Generation episode to play the entire main theme song during the show itself.

    • In this episode and a few other very early Next Generation episodes, some members of the crew are seen wearing very revealing uniforms. They have almost no sleeves and don't extend much beyond the lower buttocks.

    • To keep DeForest Kelly's role as Admiral McCoy a secret, the character was never mentioned by name, either in the script or on screen. The original script only refered to McCoy as "The Admiral".

    • This episode occurred after Saturday July 24, 2363. That is the date the ship was commissioned (see "Data's Day").

    • This episode is really a feature length version, it is split into a two-parter, to be corporated into the usual 45-minute slot, but of course is 90 mins. All the other two-parters, except "All Good Things..." are meant to be two-parters, but this isn't (To prove this the video releases all show a feature-length version, but for other two-parters they all show two parts.)

    • At one point, the character of Wesley Crusher was a girl but Gene Roddenberry wanted a character named after his son.

    • Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard) and Colm Meaney (Chief O'Brien) are the only actors to appear in both the pilots of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

    • Tim Russ (Commander Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager) was one of two candidates chosen to play Geordi La Forge. He did not get the role but did remain good friends with the casting staff and the producers.

    • This episode sadly marks the final TV appearance of DeForest Kelley, who is best known around the world for his role on the first series as Dr. McCoy

    • The first of three appearances of the USS Enterprise-D's Battle Bridge. The battle bridge was originally built from the remains of the USS Enterprise bridge from the Star Trek films. A majority of the TNG sets, mainly the corridors, parts of the engine room, and the transporter room, were built originally for the first Star Trek feature films.

    • An alternate theme was to be used for the series, but was later changed to The Motion Picture's theme used now. The beginning was identical and then changed after the "Where No One Has Gone Before" line ends, it was very different after that. The BGM in the pilot is based on this main theme.

    • In the first season, Worf and Geordi were known as the rank JG, or Junior Grade. Later, Worf would become a Lt., and Geordi a Lt. Commander, and Chief of Engineering.

  • Allusions

    • Riker and Troi:
      These characters were partially based on Willard Decker and Ilia in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Riker and Troi's relationship and reactions upon being reunited in this episode mirror those of Decker and Ilia's in the movie.