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
The beetlelike creatures allegedly stimulate human adrenal glands, but that would do nothing to stop a phaser beam on a kill setting, which burns the target. A pumped-up human body still burns. See more
Doctor Beverly Crusher
Captain, you must set your phaser on kill. Stun has little effect.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Doctor, one does not beam down to Starfleet Headquarters armed.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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