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"Encounter at Farpoint"
Star Trek: TNG

Aliens unite in "Encounter at Farpoint".
Episode #1
Prod. #101 & 102
Air date August 28, 1987
Writer(s) D.C. Fontana
Gene Roddenberry
Director Corey Allen
Guest(s) John de Lancie,
Michael Bell,
DeForest Kelley,
Colm Meaney,
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa,
Timothy Dang,
David Erskine,
Evelyn Guerrero,
Chuck Hicks
Stardate 41153.7
Year 2363
Prev: None
Next: The Naked Now

"Encounter at Farpoint" was the first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was originally shown on August 28, 1987, and was the first new live-action episode of Star Trek to have been broadcast since 1969. Image File history File links Image from Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, Encounter at Farpoint © 1987 Paramount Pictures, produced by Gene Roddenberry. ... August 28 is the 240th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (241st in leap years), with 125 days remaining. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies are made. ... Dorothy Catherine D.C. Fontana, is a screenplay writer, best known for her work in the Star Trek television franchise, produced by Paramount Studios. ... Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek Eugene Wesley Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991) was born in El Paso, Texas, USA, and spent his boyhood in Los Angeles, California. ... A television director is usually responsible for directing the actors and other taped aspects of a television production. ... John de Lancie (born March 20, 1948 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a character actor best known for his role as recurring guest star Q on the various Star Trek series. ... // Date of birth 10 April 1938 Brooklyn, New York, USA Sometimes Credited As: Michael Patrick Bell Michael Neill Actor - filmography (2000s) (1990s) (1980s) (1970s) (1960s) (1950s) Advent Rising (2005) (VG) (voice) Madagascar (2005/II) (VG) .... Nick the Camel, Frog, Ostrich #1 Rise of the Kasai (2005) (VG) (voice) .... Maibisi Doom... DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy DeForest Kelley - 1988 Jackson DeForest Kelley (January 20, 1920 – June 11, 1999) was an American actor, best known for his role as Dr. Leonard Bones McCoy in the 1966–1969 television series Star Trek (TOS) and the first six Star Trek motion pictures. ... Colm Meaney as Miles OBrien Colm Meaney (born May 30, 1953 in Dublin, Ireland) is an actor widely known for his role as Miles OBrien in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and most recently as Francis Griffin, Peter Griffins father, in... Stardate is the dating convention used in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... Jump to: navigation, search A year is the time between two recurrences of an event related to the orbit of the Earth around the Sun. ... The Naked Now is an episode from Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... The title as it appeared in most episodes opening credits. ... August 28 is the 240th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (241st in leap years), with 125 days remaining. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... http://www. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1969 was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ...


It is Next Generation episode #1, (production #101 and #102), written by D.C. Fontana and Gene Roddenberry, and directed by Corey Allen. It was twice the length of a normal episode, and in repeats is often shown in a re-edited two-part form. Dorothy Catherine D.C. Fontana, is a screenplay writer, best known for her work in the Star Trek television franchise, produced by Paramount Studios. ... Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek Eugene Wesley Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991) was born in El Paso, Texas, USA, and spent his boyhood in Los Angeles, California. ...


The episode features a cameo appearance by DeForest Kelley as a 137-year old Doctor Leonard McCoy, thus starting a tradition that the first episode of each new Star Trek series includes an appearance by a prominent character from a previous Trek series (or movie, as was the case with Star Trek: Enterprise). 2002 Lincoln cent, Obverse, proof with cameo Cameo is a method of carving; or an item of jewelry made in this manner. ... DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy DeForest Kelley - 1988 Jackson DeForest Kelley (January 20, 1920 – June 11, 1999) was an American actor, best known for his role as Dr. Leonard Bones McCoy in the 1966–1969 television series Star Trek (TOS) and the first six Star Trek motion pictures. ... Leonard Horatio McCoy, M.D., nicknamed Bones, is a fictional character in the fictional Star Trek universe, played by the late DeForest Kelley. ... The starship Enterprise (NX-01) Star Trek: Enterprise is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. ...


Quick Overview: The new starship Enterprise begins its maiden voyage by uncovering the mysteries of an advanced space station. This article is about the vehicle for interstellar travel. ... Jump to: navigation, search In the Star Trek fictional universe, the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) is the Galaxy class starship that is the principal setting of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG). ...

On Stardate 41153.7, the maiden voyage of the new starship Enterprise, NCC-1701-D, commanded by Captain Jean-Luc Picard, gets underway. The ship's first mission is to open diplomatic relations with Farpoint Station on the planet Deneb IV, where the United Federation of Planets is attempting to negotiate use of the station's immense energy reserves. The Enterprise is also to investigate the mystery of how the simple people of Deneb IV, the Bandi, were able to construct such an advanced power station at the heart of their primitive city. Stardate is the dating convention used in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... Jump to: navigation, search Jean-Luc Picard is a character in the Star Trek fictional universe, the captain of the USS Enterprise-D and the USS Enterprise-E. He was played by British actor Patrick Stewart in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) and resulting films. ... In the fictional Star Trek universe, Deneb IV is a Class M home planet to the Bandi and located in the Alpha Quadrant. ... Jump to: navigation, search In the fictional Star Trek universe, the United Federation of Planets is a federation of more than 150 member planets and thousands of colonies, claiming territory in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants of the Milky Way Galaxy. ... In the fictional Star Trek universe, the Bandi are a humanoid species native to the planet Deneb IV in the Alpha Quadrant. ...


While en route to Farpoint, the Enterprise is stopped by a wall of energy, and a powerful being, dressed in Shakespearean garb, appears, and identifies himself as "The Q". Q demonstrates omnipotent powers, teleporting about the bridge at random, and even freezing solid a security officer who steps up to protect the captain. Q promptly commands Captain Picard to turn the ship around and return to Earth, claiming that Humans are savage beasts and have tread too far into space for his liking. Picard defends his race by stating that humanity has matured since their barbaric times and wish only to explore the unknown. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... In the Star Trek fictional universe, the Q are a race of near-omnipotent, immortal and near-omniscient god-like beings from a parallel existence called the Q Continuum. ... Omnipotence (literally, all power) is the power to do absolutely anything. ... Jump to: navigation, search Earth, also known as the Earth, Terra, and (mostly in the 19th century) Tellus, is the third-closest planet to the Sun. ...


The captain continues that the human race has learned not to persecute and judge what they do not understand. Intrigued by Picard's words, Q decides to put the captain on trial as a representative of the human race who now must prove its worth or face extermination. Q announces he must prepare for the trial and leaves in a flash of light. Picard decides to remove the Enterprise from the threat posed by the energy wall as quickly as possible and turns course to flee. The energy wall becomes a fiery sphere and gives chase. The sphere continues to gain on them, so Picard decides to riskily separate the ship, dividing the saucer section (which contains the ship's living areas) and the stardrive section (which contains the ship's auxiliary bridge and primary weapon systems.)


Once the detached saucer is safely away, Picard, along with a skeleton crew now operating from the Battle Bridge in the stardrive section, turns the remaining ship about to face off against Q. The sphere engulfs the section, trapping it inside, at which point Picard issues a surrender message. Picard and his bridge crew (which consists of the android Mr. Data, ship's empath and counselor Deanna Troi, and security officer Tasha Yar) are immediately transported to a strange and barbaric court room before an audience of angry humans dressed in rags. Order is marginally maintained by drug-addicted machine-gun-toting soldiers. The Battle Bridge is from the fictional Star Trek universe. ... An android is an artificially created robotic being that resembles a human being usually both in appearance and behavior. ... Jump to: navigation, search Data, played by Brent Spiner, is a character in the Star Trek fictional universe. ... Empathy is the recognition and understanding of the states of mind, including beliefs, desires and particularly emotions of others without injecting your own. ... Commander Deanna Troi is a fictional character in the Star Trek universe, played by the actress Marina Sirtis in the series Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG), Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise (the latter two only in guest appearances), and in several Star Trek films. ... Lieutenant Natasha Yar is a fictional character on Star Trek: The Next Generation. ...


A red-and-black robed Q appears from a dark hallway seated atop an ornate throne. The crew identifies their setting as a ruthless post-World War III courtroom of Earth's mid 21st Century. Q announces to the jeering crowd that the crew members are on trial for crimes against humanity. Picard debates Q's accusation that there is no hope left for the human race. Picard suggests that Q observe and judge the crew on their current mission in order to prove that humans are now a peaceful and respectable people. Again, Q is intrigued with the idea and decides to let Picard and his crew go, but warns that Picard will nonetheless fail. The four officers are then returned to the Enterprise. However, helmsman Chief O'Brien remains unaware that they had ever left, as no time had passed in his and the Enterprise's reality. Jump to: navigation, search Nuclear fireball from a US nuclear test World War III is the name given to a hypothetical world war that would be fought between superpowers with weapons of mass destruction such as nuclear weapons. ... Jump to: navigation, search In calendars based on the Christian Era or Common Era, such as the Gregorian calendar, the 21st century is the current century, as of this writing. ... Miles OBrien Miles Edward OBrien is a character in the fictional Star Trek universe, played by Colm Meaney. ...


Meanwhile, Picard's first officer William Riker, chief medical officer Beverly Crusher, and engineer Geordi La Forge, await the arrival of the Enterprise at Farpoint. Their host, Grappler Zorn, guides the group through a marketplace, inviting Riker to sample some native Earth fruits at one of the stalls. Riker wishes for an apple, but sees none available. He looks away for a second and then looks back finding a basket of red apples has now suddenly appeared out of nowhere. Jump to: navigation, search William Thomas Riker is a fictitious character in the Star Trek universe played by Jonathan Frakes, who appears in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) and all the movies focusing on the TNG characters. ... Beverly Crusher, a character in the Star Trek fictional universe, was the Chief Medical Officer onboard the USS Enterprise-D and held the rank of commander; upon the destruction of that ship, she has continued in that post and rank on the USS Enterprise-E. This character first appeared in... Jump to: navigation, search Geordi La Forge, a character in the Star Trek fictional universe, holds the rank of Lieutenant Commander, and is the Chief Engineer of the USS Enterprise-D and later the USS Enterprise-E, both under Captain Jean-Luc Picard. ...


Zorn dismisses the odd occurrence and moves on as Riker takes an apple. Once Riker walks ahead, Zorn looks to the ceiling and strangely shouts aloud, "You have been warned never to do that".


Riker meets up with Dr. Crusher and her young son Wesley, both of which experienced a similar situation when a bolt of fine cloth desired by the doctor, suddenly appeared from nowhere. The two suspect something odd is going on, but Geordi breaks their discussion when he appears to inform the group that the Enterprise's stardrive section has arrived in orbit, and Captain Picard is waiting for them. Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher Wesley Crusher is a character on the science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. ...


Riker beams up to the Enterprise and meets Picard on the battle bridge. He is debriefed about the encounter with Q, then Picard leaves him on his own to initiate a difficult manual reconnection of the saucer section which has just arrived. The procedure goes well, and Picard has a more formal meeting with his new first officer to commend him on his professionalism. The Battle Bridge is from the fictional Star Trek universe. ...


Later, Picard, Riker, and Troi beam down to the station to meet with Grappler Zorn, who seems very reluctant to answer questions concerning the construction processes of the station's power plant. Troi begins to sense powerful, yet despairing emotions, coming from an unknown nearby location. Zorn seems further agitated by this, and denies knowing anything about it. Meanwhile, Yar, La Forge, and Data conduct a search through a maze of puzzling catacombs below the station; their findings, however, are as mysterious as the emotions detected by the counselor.


Suddenly, a large flying saucer-like craft, many times the size of the Enterprise, moves into orbit above the station. It scans the Enterprise for a moment, then redirects its attention at the planet below. Picard returns to the Enterprise and attempts to make contact with the alien ship. Picard's hail is ignored and the craft begins to fire beams of energy at the old Bandi city, avoiding Farpoint Station entirely.


Picard orders phasers to target the alien ship, but suddenly Q appears, wearing the uniform of a Starfleet officer. Q questions Picard's action and accuses him as not engaging in "clear thinking". Picard assures him that the phaser lock is only a precautionary measure. When Q accuses him of ignoring the civilian casualties of the bombardment, Picard is able to momentarily trump him by contacting Dr. Crusher to confirm she and her staff is already preparing to render assistance planetside. The Star Trek fictional universe contains a very large number of weapons. ...


Down on the planet, Zorn pleads for Picard to help him and cowers under his desk. Riker and Data rush in to rescue him, but witness the man being whisked away by a strange transporter beam. Once Zorn is taken, the alien ship then ceases fire, and Troi senses satisfaction coming from "much closer" than the planet.


Q suggests sending an away team to the alien craft to investigate and Riker concurs. Despite some reservations, Picard agrees. The team observes that the interior of the alien ship is a maze of tunnels similar to the ones discovered under the power station. The away team finally locates Zorn, who is being tortured in an energy field and screaming for release. Riker and Data use their hand phasers to disable the field, but their action causes a response from the entire ship. The vessel begins to change form, becoming transparent and glowing with energy.


Back on the Enterprise, Q taunts Picard, preventing him from beaming back the away team. Picard pleads with Q, promising that he'll do whatever Q says if they are saved. Suddenly, the away team along with a frantic Grappler Zorn materializes on the bridge informing Picard that the ship itself is a life form which had returned them safely. Q and Zorn attempt to goad Picard into a violent reaction against the ship, but Picard attempts to ascertain the reality of the situation. To their amazement, the alien saucer changes into a gigantic, glowing, jellyfish-like entity.


Picard begins to suspect what is going on and accuses Zorn of capturing and exploiting as Farpoint's power source an entity similar to the jellyfish entity before them, one able to convert energy into matter. Zorn pleads with Picard to evacuate the station, fearing a violent end to the situation for his people. Q attempts one last time to push Picard towards barbarism, countering that Picard should let the citizens of Farpoint die for their treachery. Picard refuses to concede, ordering the station evacuated. The crew pieces together the puzzle of what has been going on, realizing that the space entity was attempting to punish the Bandi people for enslaving its wounded kin and forcing it to change itself into the form the Bandi desired - that of Farpoint station itself.


Picard decides to give what he hypothesizes is a weakened entity on the planet's surface the energy it needs by using the Enterprise to shower the Farpoint Station with a beam of energy. A change occurs on the planet and the impressive center complex of Farpoint Station transforms into a living creature, floating up to meet what Picard guesses is its mate.


The two creatures greet each other in space fondly as Picard and his crew proudly watch. Q on the other hand, seems unimpressed, but it is clear Picard has proved humanity's worth. Regardless, Q announces that humanity may have passed this test, but is destined to fail eventually. Picard tells him to get off his ship, and Q warns they will meet again.

Preceded by:
None
Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes Followed by:
The Naked Now

The Naked Now is an episode from Star Trek: The Next Generation. ...

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Encounter at Farpoint - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1743 words)
The ship's first mission is to open diplomatic relations with Farpoint Station on the planet Deneb IV, where the United Federation of Planets is attempting to negotiate use of the station's immense energy reserves.
While en route to Farpoint, the Enterprise is stopped by a wall of energy, and a powerful being, dressed in Shakespearean garb, appears, and identifies himself as "The Q".
He is debriefed about the encounter with Q, then Picard leaves him on his own to initiate a difficult manual reconnection of the saucer section which has just arrived.
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