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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7 May 1988 (USA)  »

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Close up shots of the Starfleet HQ banquet were live grub worms. The actors really ate Chinese chow mein noodles. See more »


As Worf is thrown against the wall in the Admiral's quarters the replicator shakes for a moment revealing the fact that it's a prop. 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 Star Trek: The Next Generation: Coming of Age (1988) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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6 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Conspiracy' is a refreshingly well-done episode and certainly my favorite of the first season. Right out of the gate, it lays on the paranoia, with Jean-Luc alerted to a plot to take over Starfleet from the inside and it never lets up. Those brain parasites, it's like he writers took the Ceti eel bit from "The Wrath of Khan" and spun it into a conspiracy flick (and threw in some xenomorph action from "Alien" for good measure.

It's deadly serious, though not so much that we can't enjoy seeing an old guy beating the crap out of Riker (and Worf even more quickly). And it shows that Captain Picard will risk his career for a friendship. The plot's twisty, the tone sinister and the ending is surprisingly dark. Great stuff.


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