Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 5 Episode 25

The Inner Light

Aired Unknown Jun 01, 1992 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • In one scene when Picard goes to the hill overlooking the town (right after arriving), it shows his empty hands in one shot. In the next shot with him turned around, he is holding a straw hat in his hand, In the next shot from the front, his hands are again empty.

    • 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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