Picard is kidnapped and held with three different aliens and meanwhile replaced with a replica as impostor captain.

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An unknown force transports Captain Jean-Luc Picard out of his quarters into a closed cell, where he joins three other captives of different races, including Federation cadet Mitena Haro, who have very different temperaments and mistrust each-other, but have no hope to escape unless they manage to collaborate. Meanwhile a perfect replica of Picard takes his place aboard the Enterprise, but Commander William T. Riker soon suspects he's too perfect and a danger for the ship... Written by KGF Vissers

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This takes place in 2366. See more »

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According to Mitena Haro, Picard is tapping the first six prime numbers trying to communicate with their abductors. The first six prime numbers are 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, and 13. However, Picard is tapping 2, 3, 5, 7, 3, 5, 5, 7, 7, and finally 4, before giving up. See more »

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[Picard has returned to the Enterprise and his double been unmasked]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: The replica was convincing?
Commander William T. Riker: Very convincing, but... not perfect.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Not perfect in what way?
Commander William T. Riker: Well, sir - I find it hard to believe that you're that good a singer.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Singer?
[Riker smirks]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I look forward to reading your report, Commander - at least, I think I do.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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The ending makes this one very watchable.
17 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While Picard is relaxing in his quarters, something bizarre occurs-- he disappears and is replaced by a duplicate. The real Picard finds himself in a room with a couple others who also were kidnapped by someone or something--and they're soon joined by another. As for the faux Picard, he looks and sounds like Jean-Luc but isn't quite him-- and he gets weirder as the trip progresses. He does things that make little sense--such as coming on to the Doctor and taking them away from their mission on a slow ride to another part of space but the oddest is his leading the crew in a song in the galley! What's the purpose of all this? And, will the crew put up with the new Picard without a possible mutiny?

Sometimes it's fun watching the faux Picard and sometimes it's fun watching the real one. Best of all? Watching the real Picard get the last laugh on his captors at the end. Entertaining and well worth your time.


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