Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 5 Episode 25

The Inner Light

Aired Unknown Jun 01, 1992 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • 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."

  • Quotes

    • 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 a dream?
      Picard: This is not my life!

  • Notes

    • 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.

  • Allusions

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