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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.
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
From the time Worf puts Riker's still unconscious body down so he can fight the admiral, to when Dr. Crusher shoots the admiral and goes to help Riker, Riker's head and right hand have changed positions. See more
Captain Tryla Scott
All we ask is that you keep your eyes open.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
That's sound advice at any time, Captain.