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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Although done in a science fiction manner, much of the story of this episode resembles a real life phenomenon called Capgras Syndrome, a disorder in which a person believes a friend, spouse, parent, other family member, or even a pet to have been "replaced" by an identical imposter (sometimes referred to as a doppelganger, a concept appearing in many myths and traditions throughout human history). Patients with the disorder sometimes believe the "doppelganger" is being controlled or is simply not the person they knew, despite all evidence to the contrary. In this episode, the explanation is parasitical aliens and Picard's fears turn out to be true; in real life the explanation is a neurological disorder seen in patients with paranoid schizophrenia, dementia, or brain injury. 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 »


Captain Rixx: And watch your back, Picard.
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Edited into Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shades of Gray (1989) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Do All Old Starfleet Guys Look the Same?
2 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This carries on the conspiracy theme where suspicions arise about a coup taking place behind the scenes. A friend arrives on the Enterprise and Jean-Luc comes to realize that he is not acting as he should. The good captain finds himself meeting with what may or may not be friends of the federation. They are a surly lot and see destruction ahead. On board a series of events take place, finally sending Riker into a state of shock. He becomes catatonic. Captain Savar fights with Worf and nearly dismantles him. He has powers beyond human capability and enjoys his superior strength to no end. Meanwhile, Picard beams to the meeting room for a discussion of the future of Star Fleet. From there, things get really dicey as we realize that there are things at work here that are alien in nature. It seems the deck is badly stacked and subterfuge is going to be necessary. There are wonderful twists and turns, analytical subtleties, and excellent premises to tie together. For some reason, there are those who are incredibly disappointed in this effort, that somehow there are a set of rules that episodes are supposed to follow. I have seen this episode several times and still enjoy it.

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