The "Enterprise" is to provide technical assistance to a 3-man anthropological field team on the planet Mintaka III, which is observing, in hiding, the Vulcanoid Bronze Age native population. When the holographic hiding place is ravaged by an explosion, the landing party and its advanced technology are observed by two natives, one of whom, Liko, gets hurt badly and is beamed up for life-saving treatment; Picard orders his short-term memory wiped out to prevent a breach of the Prime Directive, but that fails as Commander William Riker and Counselor Deanna Troi find out, after they are beamed down again, temporarily altered to resemble Mintakans, to look for missing anthropologist Palmer. The culture now revives an abandoned belief in a supernatural overseer, worships the Picard, and soon considers offering Counselor Troi as a human sacrifice.
Did You Know?
The idea of observing another civilization from a holographic duck blind is used again in Star Trek: Insurrection. See more
When Picard and Nuri are in the observation lounge, the panels surrounding the windows, which are intended to imply a thickness of window material, are literally coming off the frame. One shows curling and a number have clearly separated from the structure. See more
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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