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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Lieutenant Tasha Yar (credit only)
Wesley Crusher (credit only)
Ward Costello ...
Ray Reinhardt ...
Jonathan Farwell ...


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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7 May 1988 (USA)  »

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After arriving at Dytallix B, Data mentions that the Enterprise sensors had spotted Capt. Walker Keel's starship - the USS Horatio, and identified it as an Ambassador-class heavy cruiser". The Enterprise-C, which would appear later on in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Yesterday's Enterprise (1990), is also an Ambassador-class starship. See more »


When Picard and Riker are chasing Admiral Aaron, the Admiral fires at them, striking the wall, and painting, behind them. There is no visible damage to the wall or the painting afterwards. See more »


Admiral Aaron: What do you know of conspiracies, Captain?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Not nearly enough, I suppose.
Admiral Aaron: 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.
Admiral Savar: Except, of course, in paranoid delusions, for those who believe.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Drumhead (1991) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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6 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Conspiracy' is a refreshingly well-done episode and certainly my favorite of the first season. Right out of the gate, it lays on the paranoia, with Jean-Luc alerted to a plot to take over Starfleet from the inside and it never lets up. Those brain parasites, it's like he writers took the Ceti eel bit from "The Wrath of Khan" and spun it into a conspiracy flick (and threw in some xenomorph action from "Alien" for good measure.

It's deadly serious, though not so much that we can't enjoy seeing an old guy beating the crap out of Riker (and Worf even more quickly). And it shows that Captain Picard will risk his career for a friendship. The plot's twisty, the tone sinister and the ending is surprisingly dark. Great stuff.


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