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?
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
The face of 'Admiral Quinn''s stunt double is occasionally seen during his fights with both Riker and Worf. 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