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=== Production ===
 
=== Production ===
* Director [[Robert Iscove]] accepted this assignment as he was a [[Trekkie|fan]] of [[Star Trek: The Original Series|the original series]]. He remarked, "''It was an emotional piece, a character piece between two people. The father has deserted Riker for 25 years, then he comes back and they have this confrontation. Well, according to [[Gene Roddenberry|Roddenberry]], by the 24th century we've all kind of resolved those feelings of anger. So it's very hard to play. If you're not going to serve the resentment and the anger, what happens once the two of them get together, you can't get into any real Human drama... The original series was much more humanistic in its approach.''" (''[[Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages]]'', p. 179)
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* Director [[Robert Iscove]] accepted this assignment as he was a [[Trekkie|fan]] of [[Star Trek: The Original Series|the original series]]. He remarked, "''It was an emotional piece, a character piece between two people. The father has deserted Riker for 25 years, then he comes back and they have this confrontation. Well, according to [[Gene Roddenberry|Roddenberry]], by the 24th century we've all kind of resolved those feelings of anger. So it's very hard to play. If you're not going to serve the resentment and the anger, what happens once the two of them get together, you can't get into any real Human drama... The original series was much more humanistic in its approach.''" (''[[Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages]]'')
* While [[Rick Berman]] and others supported Iscove's attempts to add more emotion, they were all overruled by Roddenberry. Iscove's dissatisfaction with Roddenberry's handling of this episode led him to turn down offers to direct further ''Star Trek'' installments. He commented, "''If you can't deal with the emotion, what's the point?''" (''[[Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages]]'', p. 179)
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* While [[Rick Berman]] and others supported Iscove's attempts to add more emotion, they were all overruled by Roddenberry. Iscove's dissatisfaction with Roddenberry's handling of this episode led him to turn down offers to direct further ''Star Trek'' installments. He commented, "''If you can't deal with the emotion, what's the point?''" (''[[Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages]]'')
 
* The [[painstik]] ritual was heavily edited for the episode's first screening in the United Kingdom on 24th July 1991, due to the series' "family viewing" time slot of 6 pm. The scene was restored for subsequent screenings.
 
* The [[painstik]] ritual was heavily edited for the episode's first screening in the United Kingdom on 24th July 1991, due to the series' "family viewing" time slot of 6 pm. The scene was restored for subsequent screenings.
   
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