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?
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 Geordie and Worf check on Riker after he had fallen through the glass table, Admiral Quinn says, "He slipped." The Enterprise has carpeting everywhere. It is not possible that Riker could simply "slip" in a normal quarter. Also the chair in the background is lying flipped over, indicating a previous fight. See more
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
How difficult, after all these years of learning to respect life, to be forced to destroy it.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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