Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1, Episode 24

Conspiracy (7 May 1988)

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After diverting to a secret meeting with an old friend and some of Starfleet's finest commanders, Picard finds the Horatio blown to bits just hours after the meeting and he returns the Enterprise to Earth looking for answers.

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Captain Walker Keel, an old friend of Picard's, uses a top-secret frequency, thus excluding informing Riker, to summon him to a top-secret meeting with two other captain. The vague innuendo about a plot to take over a strategic sector of the Federation by replacing mysteriously dying Starfleet officers doesn't quite impress Picard, but he reconsiders after Keel and his crew die in an explosion. So he intends with Riker to visit Starfleet HQ, where he will dine with admirals and their aide Dexter Remmick, while Riker keeps an eye on admiral Aaron, who insists to visit the modernized Enterprise, actually carrying an alien brain-parasite. Written by KGF Vissers

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Although done in a science fiction manner, much of the story of this episode resembles a real life phenomenon called Capgras Syndrome, a disorder in which a person believes a friend, spouse, parent, other family member, or even a pet to have been "replaced" by an identical imposter (sometimes referred to as a doppelganger, a concept appearing in many myths and traditions throughout human history). Patients with the disorder sometimes believe the "doppelganger" is being controlled or is simply not the person they knew, despite all evidence to the contrary. In this episode, the explanation is parasitical aliens and Picard's fears turn out to be true; in real life the explanation is a neurological disorder seen in patients with paranoid schizophrenia, dementia, or brain injury. See more »

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From the time Worf puts Riker's still unconscious body down so he can fight the admiral, to when Dr. Crusher stuns the admiral and goes to help Riker, Riker's head and right hand have changed positions. See more »

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Captain Tryla Scott: All we ask is that you keep your eyes open.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: That's sound advice at any time, Captain.
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References Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) See more »

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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Wish that there had been a sequel
15 April 2006 | by (Camilla, GA) – See all my reviews

"Conspiracy" ranks as one of the most disgusting installments in episode television history. The story line involves an infiltration of Star Fleet by "intelligences" bent on the destruction of the Federation. A longtime friend of Beverly Crusher visits the Enterprise and brings with him a sinister secret, revealed in a stunning confrontation with Worf.

As the conspiracy widens, Capt. Picard and Ryker return to Earth and come face-to-face with the "mother" of the conspiracy, setting the stage for one of the most dramatic and jaw-dropping scenes in Trek history.

'It's too bad that the producers didn't decide to continue with a follow-up episode that would tie up some of the loose ends from this memorable show.


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