The Enterprise approaches the uninhabited Eladrel solar system, near the territory of the enigmatic, presumably pacific race known as the Children of Tamar, which is now establishing contact. Picard expected fairly easy diplomacy, but the Tamarians first have a row at their side, then transport Picard and their own captain Dathon down to the nearest planet surface, which they make impenetrable behind a particle shield, to pit them for a duel, which Picard is unwilling to engage. Both the captain and his crew on the bridge desperately study the Tamarian language, which they find to be unusually focused on mythical narrative, notably the epic of Darmac, which holds the key to its metaphorical 'code', and thus to the whole situation.
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Paul Winfield and LeVar Burton share a second serendipity, with the "Roots" made-for-TV specials: Winfield played Dr. Horace Huguley in an episode of "Roots: The Next Generations", while Burton endeared all as Kunta Kinte in the original. See more
When the Enterprise fires phasers at the Tamarian vessel, the phasers are being fired from the opening where photon torpedoes are launched, and not from the phaser banks on the saucer section. This mistake was fixed for the Blu-Ray release. See more
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Captain's log, stardate 45047.2 - The Enterprise is en route to the uninhabited El-Adrel system. Its location is near the territory occupied by an enigmatic race known as 'The Children of Tama'.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
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