enough to deal with any emergency. The episode
also complicates the character by filling in his backstory, a common strat-
egy in the writers’ search for divergence from the repetitive series format.
We learn of the conflict between Picard, eager to join Starfleet and journey
to the stars, and his traditional father and brother, devoted to their vine-
yards and winemaking, who expected him to join the family business. In
keeping with the flexi-narrative format, this conflict resurfaces in a later
episode, “Tapestry” (TNG 6:15), in which, courtesy of the galactic