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
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This takes place in 2364. See more
When the fight with the admiral first starts, and Riker see's what he's up against, he calls for emergency help on his communicator, but it takes a long time for Worf and La Forge to show up. When they do, Riker is unconscious, but when the admiral says that he slipped, they don't question that it was Riker's voice that called for help. See more
What do you know of conspiracies, Captain?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Not nearly enough, I suppose.
That's the charming thing about them, isn't it? When a machination is real, no one knows about it. And when it's suspected, it's almost never real.
Except, of course, in paranoid delusions, for those who believe.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
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