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Who Watches the Watchers 

A proto-Vulcan culture worships Captain Picard and prepares to offer Counselor Troi as a sacrifice.

Director:

Robert Wiemer

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Richard Manning | 1 more credit »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher (credit only)
Kathryn Leigh Scott ... Nuria
Ray Wise ... Liko
James Greene ... Dr. Barron
Pamela Adlon ... Oji (as Pamela Segall)
John McLiam ... Fento
James McIntire James McIntire ... Hali
Lois Hall ... Dr. Mary Warren
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Storyline

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. Written by KGF Vissers

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1989 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The idea of observing another civilization from a holographic duck blind is used again in Star Trek: Insurrection. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Liko: The Picard!
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Referenced in Star Trek: Discovery: Will You Take My Hand? (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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great story
18 January 2007 | by benjaminkh2See all my reviews

I was watching back through the first three seasons to select episodes that would make a good sampling for a friend of mine; this episode is the one (out of the first three seasons) that I would be absolutely certain to recommend to anyone. It requires little to no background information and tells an engaging story. Also, to my recollection, no other episode conveys so well the wonder of reason and cultural progress.

Just as another reviewer observed about The Inner Light (my personal favorite), this episode shows that sci-fi, at its best, is not so much about the technology as it is about good storytelling.


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