Picard is replaced as captain of the Enterprise so he, Lt. Worf and Dr. Crusher go on a top-secret mission into Cardassian space. Meanwhile, his replacement, Captain Jellico, meets his new command with some resistance from the crew.



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Because of a feared imminent Cardassian invasion, Vice Admiral Alynna Nechayev comes to the Enterprise on the USS Cairo, to replace Picard as its captain by Cairo's captain, Edward Jellico, who immediately makes his mark on crew and ship, tells Troi there's no time for a 'honeymoon' with either for he expects the negotiations with the Cardassians he's charged with to fail and hastily deploys big plans to prepare the flagship for battle. Meanwhile, Picard, Worf and Dr. Crusher have a top-secret mission, to find and sabotage the presumed biological superweapon which can wipe out all life on a whole system prior to invasion. After their training, the trio bribes a Ferengi smuggler ship to reach the suspected Cardassian planet, but by the time they have intruded the subterranean installation... Written by KGF Vissers

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12 December 1992 (USA)  »

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This episode was originally intended to be a single episode, with Picard rescued at the end of the hour. See more »


When Capt. Picard, Worf, and Dr. Crusher reach the chasm, they realize that the signal they are looking for is at the bottom, which is 500 meters (over 1650 feet) down, and that they will have to use their ropes and climbing equipment to repel down over the edge. The amount of rope that each carry appears to be much too small to equal 500 meters length, and appears to be at most 100 meters length. See more »


[in the caves on Celtris III, Picard, Worf and Dr. Crusher are surprised by bat-like creatures]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: It's all right. They're called lynars, a kind of Celtran bat; they're harmless.
Lieutenant Worf: [slightly intimidated] Bats?
Doctor Beverly Crusher: You're not afraid of bats, are you, Worf?
Lieutenant Worf: Of course not.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Attached (1993) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Enterprise crew revealed to be a bunch of pampered spoiled brats
15 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is part 1 of a two-part episode. A re-visit to these episodes reveal major flaws in the story. First, why is Captain Jellicoe negotiating with anyone? His job is to prepare for the possibility of war with the Cardassians. Second, why send Picard, a high ranking commanding officer, on an extremely risky spy mission? Third, how could the Federation let itself be so thoroughly duped by the Cardassians? Fourth, why was Ryker so upset? He had no cause to be upset. He repeatedly disobeys orders and generally behaves obnoxiously. Fifth, in this story the Federation does not occupy high moral ground. Further, the Federation is revealed to have major flaws. It makes strategic decisions on faulty information,its attitude is belligerent, both Starship captains have major issues - Jellicoe negotiates in bad-faith, Picard is a spy, and members of the crew are willful and obstinate. Why Ryker is not brought up on charges is a mystery.

Wow, what a strong episode. Ryker reveals himself as being a real twerp. A new captain comes on board and Ryker immediately cops an attitude. He reacts like a child. He doesn't like taking orders. He is inflexible and selfish. Instead of trying to help the new captain, Jellicoe, Ryker pouts and sulks. All this while Jellicoe has to negotiate with a belligerent alien race that is openly hostile and threatening to invade a planet. The rest of the crew isn't any better. They are serving on a warship, yet are openly annoyed and distressed at Jellicoe who wants to prepare for the possibility of war. The only way to get the aliens to back down is to show them that the Federation will not budge. Instead, Jellicoe is getting no support from the crew, which makes it even harder for him to deal with his adversary, and which puts the ship at risk. For a television sci-fi series, the dialog is excellent, and the story intense. That is surprising.

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