The Inner Light

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Following a survey of a magnetic wave, the Enterprise encounters an alien probe that apparently attacks Picard… who relives the dying decades of an alien civilisation…

The Trekzone Review

Arguably the best episode of “modern-Trek.” I would have to say Patrick Stewart’s performance is what brings the weight of the plight of these people home for me… in the span of forty four minutes he goes from being in command of a starship, to not accepting that he has been transported to this world and eventually living out his life with his wife and children who will never grow as old as he has.

I also wonder whether this is even more bitter-sweet for Picard after he spent time with his brother back on Earth after the Battle of Wolf 359 and realised that he has waited too long to have a family… a fact that he reflects on in Generations. What made this resonate even more was the time jumping… you just can’t help but get attached to the characters in this story.

This is where Star Trek turned a corner and became just at home about true character-driven stories rather than needing to add in the “alien of the week” A-plot.

Cast and Crew


Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes as Will Riker

Gates McFadden as Beverley Crusher

Brent Spiner as Data

Levar Burton as Geordi LaForge

Michael Dorn as Worf

Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi

Guest Cast

Margot Rose

Richard Riehle

Scott Jaeck

Jennifer Nash

Patti Yasutake

Story By

Morgan Gendel

Directed By

Peter Lauritson

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