"Captain's Log, Stardate 41153.7. Our destination is planet Deneb IV, beyond which lies the great, unexplored mass of the galaxy. My orders are to examine Farpoint, a starbase built there by the inhabitants of that world. Meanwhile, I am becoming better acquainted with my new command, this Galaxy-class USS Enterprise. I am still somewhat in awe of its size and complexity. As for my crew, we are short in several key positions, most notably a first officer. But I'm informed that a highly experienced man, one Commander William Riker, will be waiting to join the ship at our Deneb IV destination."
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
"Encounter at Farpoint"
Series Star Trek: The Next Generation
Season 1, Episode 1
TNG 1x01 004
Air date September 26th, 1987
Writers D.C. Fontana; Gene Roddenberry
Director Corey Allen
Producers Gene Roddenberry; Robert Lewin; Herbert Wright; Rick Berman; Robert H. Justman; Peter Lauritson; D.C. Fontana
Starring Patrick Stewart; Jonathan Frakes; LeVar Burton; Denise Crosby; Michael Dorn; Gates McFadden; Marina Sirtis; Brent Spiner; Wil Wheaton
Episode guide
"The Naked Now"

"Encounter at Farpoint" is the pilot episode of the syndicated sci-fi television Star Trek: The Next Generation. Directed by Corey Allen, it first aired on September 26th, 1987. The script was written by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and veteran series producer D.C. Fontana. The series takes place some seventy years after the adventures of the crew of the original USS Enterprise and introduces a brand new cast of characters as well as a new flagship, the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D. In this two-hour pilot, the Enterprise receives a new captain, the taciturn Jean-Luc Picard who finds himself in the unenviable position of having to break in a new crew. His support staff includes his first officer William T. Riker, the android helmsman Data, tactical officer Tasha Yar, chief engineer Geordi LaForge, medical officer Beverly Crusher, ship's counselor Deanna Troi and Starfleet's first Klingon officer, Lieutenant Worf. The crew of the Enterprise encounter an all-powerful cosmic being known as Q, who tests the captain's resolve by running him through a gauntlet of tests to see if mankind is ready to discover what lies beyond the stars.

Synopsis Edit

Cast Edit

Principal Cast Edit

Actor Role
Patrick Stewart Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes Commander William T. Riker
LeVar Burton Lieutenant Geordi La Forge
Denise Crosby Lieutenant Tasha Yar
Michael Dorn Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden Doctor Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton Wesley Crusher

Guest Stars Edit

Actor Role
John de Lancie Q
Michael Bell Zorn

Special Guest Star Edit

Actor Role
DeForest Kelley Admiral Leonard McCoy

Featuring Edit

Actor Role
Colm Meaney Battle Bridge Conn
Cary-Hiroyuki Mandarin Bailiff
Timothy Dang Main bridge security
David Erskine Bandi shopkeeper
Evelyn Guerrero Young female ensign
Chuck Hicks Military officer
Jimmy Ortega Torres
Phil Fondacaro Bell ringer
Beau Lotterman English citizen

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • Stardate: 41153.7
  • Actor DeForest Kelley is given a "Special Guest Star" credit in this episode.
  • The Battle Bridge Conn is later identified as Transporter Chief Miles O'Brien. O'Brien's character will make further appearances throughout the course of the series and eventually become a main character on the spin-off series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Bloopers Edit

  • In the first scene when Jean-Luc Picard enters the bridge, Data can be seen exercising his fingers before typing away at his console. Being a robot, he should not have to do this.

Quotes Edit

Data: Difficult? Simply solve the mystery of Farpoint Station.


Data: Prejudice is very human.


Leonard "Bones" McCoy: How old do you think I am?
Data: 137 years, Admiral, according to Starfleet records.
Leonard "Bones" McCoy: Explain how you remember that so exactly!
Data: I remember every fact I am exposed to, sir.
Leonard "Bones" McCoy: I don't see no points on your ears, boy, but you sound like a Vulcan.
Data: No, sir. I am an android.
Leonard "Bones" McCoy: Hmph. Almost as bad.
Data: I thought it was generally accepted, sir, that Vulcans are an advanced and most honorable race.
Leonard "Bones" McCoy: They are, they are. And damn annoying at times.


Q: Thou art notified that thy kind hath infiltrated the galaxy too far already. Thou art directed to return to thine own solar system immediately.


Leonard "Bones" McCoy: Well, this is a new ship. But she's got the right name. Now, you remember that, you hear?
Data: I will, sir.
Leonard "Bones" McCoy: You treat her like a lady. And she'll always bring you home.


Q: You will now answer to the charge of being a grievously savage race.
Jean-Luc Picard: 'Grievously savage' could mean anything. I will answer only specific charges.
Q: Are you certain you want a full disclosure of human ugliness? So be it, fool.

See also Edit


The World of Star Trek

Star Trek miscellaneous

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