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)
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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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This takes place in 2364. See more »


When Geordie and Worf check on Riker after he had fallen through the glass table, Admiral Quinn says, "He slipped." The Enterprise has carpeting everywhere. It is not possible that Riker could simply "slip" in a normal quarter. Also the chair in the background is lying flipped over, indicating a previous fight. See more »


Commander William T. Riker: [to Picard] You'll be one of us soon!
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Drumhead (1991) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Even though it's not exactly original, it is the best episode of season one.
11 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The plot for "Conspiracy" is pretty much taken from "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", so it's hardly original. However, it's such a HUGE departure from the usually overly cerebral episodes of season one that it's a welcome breath of fresh air!

A few episodes back, an admiral and his henchman, a commander, were introduced ("Coming of Age") and at the time, why they were in the first episode seemed a bit unclear. Here, the final portion of that story is about to play out in "Conspiracy".

It seems that Starfleet has been behaving oddly and several other Federation captains have called Picard to a secret meeting to discuss this. They are not sure what is happening--but SOMETHING is afoot. They warn Picard to be on his guard. This paranoia seems well founded when shortly after the meeting adjourns, one of the captains' ships explodes! Obviously SOMETHING is happening. What? See the show.

This is good old senseless paranoia and violence--things that made the original "Star Trek" series so much fun. And this episode is indeed fun--something the series occasionally forgot to include and a welcome relief here. This is the one to see during the first season.

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