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
Did You Know?
The original version of this episode made no mention of alien parasites; the conspiracy in question was a military coup within Starfleet. Gene Roddenberry
bitterly opposed this, saying that Starfleet would never do such a thing, and the alien angle was introduced. See more
The face of 'Admiral Quinn''s stunt double is occasionally seen during his fights with both Riker and Worf. See more
[La Forge is staggering and groaning
Are you all right?
Lieutenant Geordi La Forge
If I could see, I'd be seeing stars.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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