In the Best of Both Worlds story arc, the story sequence is
The Best of Both Worlds Part 2 : Family.

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While the Enterprise is undergoing repairs at McKinley station, Picard visits his brother's family in La Barre, France. Robert Picard is not fond of modern technology and he fears that the captain might have a bad influence on his son René who is as enthusiastic about Starfleet as Jean-Luc once was himself. Picard, on the other hand, is tempted to leave Starfleet and join the Atlantis Project, to create a new continent in the Atlantic Ocean. After a fight in the vineyard, Jean-Luc and Robert manage to settle their dispute. In the meantime, Sergey and Helena Rozhenko, Worf's adoptive parents, visit the Enterprise - initially not to Worf's pleasure. Wesley views a holographic message his father recorded for him before he died.

Errors and Explanations

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Continuity and Production Problems

  1. Jack Crusher wearing the Classic movie style uniform when recording the holomessage. Perhaps that style of uniform was still in use at the time.

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Errors in geography

  1. In the final scene Rene' is shown gazing at the constellation Orion. This natural feature is not visible from France in the Spring and Summer. The stardate for this episode - 44012.3 - corresponds to Thursday 5 January 2367, which would be regarded as Winter, when Orion's Belt may be visible from France.

Nit Central

  1. LUIGI NOVI on Thursday, June 14, 2001 - 1:27 am: The first words on the top of the label on the locker containing Jack Crusher’s personal effects are "Lt. Commander," but in the holotape, he wears he uniform of a Lieutenant, junior grade. Rene on Thursday, June 14, 2001 - 6:15 am: Maybe he made the recording while a Lt jg, but died a Lt commander?
  2. When Beverly finds the holo-message that Jack made for Wesley, she says that Jack wanted to make more messages for Wesley, but never got the chance. Why not? The implication seems to be that Jack died before he was able to make more, but Jack made this message when Wesley was ten weeks old. Wesley was five when Jack Crusher died, and was old enough to have a vivid memory of Picard bringing the news of his death, according to Act 5 of The Bonding, and was old enough for Jack to have taught him baseball, according to Evolution.Maybe he kept getting called away!
  3. When Picard is seen arriving at his family home, and later when he leaves it in Act 5, he has one piece of luggage: a cylindrical "duffel box." In Act 3, Picard is in the house viewing a viewscreen. Whose is this? It can’t be Picard’s, because it’s too big to fit in his "box," and Robert is staunchly old-fashioned and avoids modern technology. Or do the Picards need the viewscreen to at least communicate with others? Brian Fitzgerald on Thursday, June 14, 2001 - 1:53 pm: Robert's vinyard is a business (isn't it?), and to run it he would need electronic communications to run it. Lolar Windrunner on Thursday, June 14, 2001 - 5:57 pm: Or maybe it is the culmination of thin tv technology and he rolled up his viewscreen. There was a research report about an electronic paper that worked similar to a monochrome text screen.
  4. Keith Alan Morgan (Kmorgan) on Monday, July 23, 2001 - 3:10 am: Why don't we see any evidence of the sun's light in Ten-Forward? All external shots of the Enterprise show it orbiting on the dayside of the planet. The sun may not be directly visable from Ten Forward.


  1. Family is regarded as a direct continuation of the Best of Both Worlds storyline.

The Next Generation Season 4
The Best of Both Worlds Part 2 I Family I Brothers I Suddenly Human I Remember Me I Legacy I Reunion I Future Imperfect I Final Mission I The Loss I Data's Day I The Wounded I Devil's Due I Clues I First Contact I Galaxy's Child I Night Terrors I Identity Crisis I The Nth Degree I Qpid I The Drumhead I Half a Life I The Host I The Mind's Eye I In Theory I Redemption Part 1
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