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Encounter at Farpoint I
Stardate 41153.7
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 1 (1.1)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

         
Cast:
Patrick Stewart   IMDB   Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes   IMDB   Commander William T. Riker
Levar Burton   IMDB   Lieutenant JG Geordi La Forge
Denise Crosby   IMDB   Lieutenant Tasha Yar
Michael Dorn   IMDB   Lieutenant JG Worf
Gates McFadden   IMDB   Commander Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis   IMDB   Lt. Commander Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner   IMDB   Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton   IMDB   Wesley Crusher
Guest Cast:
John de Lancie   IMDB   Q
Michael Bell   IMDB   Groppler Zorn
Colm Meaney   IMDB   Battle Bridge Conn
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa   IMDB   Mandarin Baliff
Timothy Dang   IMDB   Main Bridge Security
David Erskine   IMDB   Bandi Shopkeeper
Evelyn Guerrero   IMDB   Female Computer Ensign
Chuck Hicks   IMDB   Drugged Military Officer
Jimmy Ortega   IMDB   Lieutenant Torres
DeFobest Kelley   IMDB   Admiral Leonard H. McCoy
Music:
Dennis McCarthy   IMDB
Director:
Corey Allen   IMDB
Author:
Gene Roddenberry   IMDB
Published
Laser Disc   ST:TNG LaserDisc Volume 01
DVD   ST:TNG DVD 1.1
VHS   ST:TNG VHS 1.1
Book tie-ins
Novelizations #001: Encounter at Farpoint
Teaser
The Next Generation Teaser #001: Encounter at Farpoint I

Die neue Enterprise ist unter dem Kommando von Commander Picard auf dem Weg zur Raumstation "Farpoint Station", um dort weitere Besatzungsmitglieder, so auch den Ersten Offizier William Riker, an Bord zu nehmen. Auf dem Weg dorthin erscheint Q, ein Wesen in menschlicher Form auf der Brücke. Q, der über außergewöhnliche mentale Kräfte verfügt, erklärt, die Menschheit habe versagt, weil sie sich zu einer unzivilisierten, gewalttätigen Rasse entwickelt habe. An einem unbekannten Ort inszeniert Q eine Gerichtsverhandlung, um den Menschen nun den Prozess zu machen. Picard kann Q jedoch davon überzeugen, dass die Menschheit sich inzwischen weiterentwickelt habe und friedfertig geworden sei. schließlich entlässt Q Picard und sein Team mit dem Hinweis, irgendwann werde er testen, ob Picards Behauptungen der Realität entsprechen...
Synopsis
The new U.S.S. Enterprise and its crew set out "to boldly go where no one has gone before."

Their first mission is to explore the mystery surrounding the creation of the Farpoint station located on planet Deneb IV. While trying to negotiate a friendly agreement for Starfleet to use this energy-powered base, Captain Picard and his crew also attempt to discover how the Bandi inhabitants of Deneb IV built the station.

En route to Farpoint, Captain Picard and his crew first meet "Q." The mysterious and powerful being denounces the human race as barbarians and challenges the crew of the Enterprise to disprove his belief. If Picard and his crew are not persuasive in their arguments, they will be sentenced to death.

Picard defends himself and mankind by explaining that, unlike Q, humans have learned not to prosecute and judge things they don't understand. Hearing the words "prosecute" and "judge," Q announces that he knows humans all too well. He leaves the Enterprise in a blinding flash, stating that "preparations" must be made.

After separating the saucer to protect the families on board, Picard stays behind to face Q. Suddenly, the ship begins shaking as it did when Q first appeared, and after a bright flash of light, Picard, Data, Troi and Tasha find themselves in a 21st century courtroom. When the Mandarin Baliff announces the judge, the crew is shocked to find Q sitting on the bench!
Reviews

By Dark Materia on 13 Dec 2002 13:54:23
The pilot of all "New Trek", this is a fairly imaginative story. If it hadn't been for John de Lancie's fantastic Q character the show would be mediocre. In retrospect the characters are very different from what they would become in later seasons. Most notably Picard, Worf and Counselor Troi. Picard is far from his calm, determined, diplomatic self. The main plot about Farpoint Station is a little dull for a Pilot. But still thouroughly enjoyable.

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