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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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According to "Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages", the parasites were originally intended to be working for the Borg. The destruction of the colonies in the following episode (Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Neutral Zone
(1988)) would then have led into the Borg's introduction in the second season premiere. However, due to the writers' strike of 1988, the Borg storyline was pushed back several months, and divorced from any relationship to the "Conspiracy" storyline. There was no further on-screen connection or reference to the conspiracy until its mention in passing in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Drumhead
(1991) in the fourth season. See more
When Data reviews all Starfleet decisions for the past six months, a camera angle shows all the information on his screen, including the image of what seems to be a parrot. The involvement of a parrot with Starfleet Command decisions may seem unlikely, yet it is not impossible. One example could be that this image is the symbol of an alien world or alliance Starfleet has dealings with. Or it could be an actual alien bird that has been recently discovered and needs further studying. In each case, its connection with command decisions would become plausible. As stated in the trivia section of Season 1 Episode 2 "The Naked Now" --- During the scan of the records, we quickly see a bird (Parrot) with a barely distinguishable human head (Gene Roddenberry's) on a perch wearing a Starfleet uniform, complete with insignia. This is a reference to Gene's fan inspired nickname, "The Great Bird Of The Galaxy." See more
What do you know of conspiracies, Captain?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Not nearly enough, I suppose.
That's the charming thing about them, isn't it? When a machination is real, no one knows about it. And when it's suspected, it's almost never real.
Except, of course, in paranoid delusions, for those who believe.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more