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  1. 1. What rating would you give Who Watches The Watchers?

    • 5. It?s great, I loved it!
    • 4. It?s good.
    • 3. It?s average.
    • 2. It?s not that good.
    • 1. I hated it.

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Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season: 3

Episode #: 4

Production #: 152

Episode Name: Who Watches The Watchers?

Original Air Date: 10.16.89


A Federation team of anthropologists is conducting research from a duckblind outpost on Mintaka III when an explosion leads to their detection by one of the planet's inhabitants. The Mintakans, a Vulcan-like race, are in an early Bronze-era stage of development so rectifying the situation proves difficult especially after one Mintakan, Liko, is transported to the Enterprise for medical treatment by Dr. Crusher. Liko sees Picard and believes him to be a god. Convincing the Mintakans otherwise without damaging their development causes a dilemma for Picard.


Ray Wise (Liko) as appeared on Voyager as Arturis in the episode Hope and Fear. Twin Peaks fans may remember him as Leland Palmer.


Pamela Segall (Oji) is a successful voice actor. One of her best known roles is as the voice of King of the Hill's Bobby Hill (credited as Pamela Segall Adlon).




Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes as William Thomas Riker

Brent Spiner as Data

LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge

Michael Dorn as Worf

Gates McFadden as Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi

Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher


Guest Cast:


Kathryn Leigh Scott as Nuria

Ray Wise as Liko

James Greene as Dr. Barron

John McLiam as Fento

James McIntire as Hali

Pamela Segall as Oji

Lois Hall as Warren


Director: Robert Wiemer

Written By: Richard Manning & Hans Beimler


Related Items:


Mintaka III

hologram generator



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Beautifully written and performed episode.


The idea of a primative race believing a more technologically advanced race to be gods is completely logical and understandable.


This episode was carried by superb performances from Patrick Stewart and Ray Wise.


This episode highlighted Picard's own views on religion (which are, clearly like Roddenberry's, Atheist). It was a superb exploration of religion in a 24th Century context, which would be further developed in DS9.


Definately a Gold Standard episode.


Rating = 5

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Hardly a gold standard episode, but this was a very good one. Very carefully written and performed. The highlight, imo, was the dialogue between Picard and Nuria. The explanations to her... it seemed to be going so well, then maybe it didn't... then it's made very clear at the end. Lowest point was the anthropologist Barron. His character seemed a bit incongruous at times.



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