Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1, Episode 24

Conspiracy (7 May 1988)

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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.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lieutenant Tasha Yar (credit only)
Wesley Crusher (credit only)
Ward Costello ...
Robert Schenkkan ...
Ray Reinhardt ...
Jonathan Farwell ...


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 KGF Vissers

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47-reference: Code 47 is the Starfleet emergency frequency ("Captain's eyes only"). See more »


(at around 12 mins) Cmdr. Riker issues the command to LaForge to increase to Warp 6, to which LaForge replies "Aye sir, Full Impulse." Full Impulse Drive on the Enterprise-D is equivalent to 1/4 the speed of light, while Warp 6 is roughly equivalent to somewhere between 100-200 times the speed of light (depending on warp scale used). See more »


[Admiral Quinn is eager to show Riker an unknown "superior form of life"]
Commander William T. Riker: I think I'll summon my Science Officer.
Admiral Gregory Quinn: [grabs Riker's arm] It won't like your Science Officer. It does like *you*!
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References Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Wish that there had been a sequel
15 April 2006 | by (Camilla, GA) – See all my reviews

"Conspiracy" ranks as one of the most disgusting installments in episode television history. The story line involves an infiltration of Star Fleet by "intelligences" bent on the destruction of the Federation. A longtime friend of Beverly Crusher visits the Enterprise and brings with him a sinister secret, revealed in a stunning confrontation with Worf.

As the conspiracy widens, Capt. Picard and Ryker return to Earth and come face-to-face with the "mother" of the conspiracy, setting the stage for one of the most dramatic and jaw-dropping scenes in Trek history.

'It's too bad that the producers didn't decide to continue with a follow-up episode that would tie up some of the loose ends from this memorable show.

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