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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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 »

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When Data reviews all Starfleet decisions for the past six months, a camera angle shows all the information on his screen, including the image of what seems to be a parrot. The involvement of a parrot with Starfleet Command decisions may seem unlikely, yet it is not impossible. One example could be that this image is the symbol of an alien world or alliance Starfleet has dealings with. Or it could be an actual alien bird that has been recently discovered and needs further studying. In each case, its connection with command decisions would become plausible. A similar image was seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Naked Now: during the scan of the records, we quickly see a parrot with a barely distinguishable human head (Gene Roddenberry's) on a perch wearing a Starfleet uniform, complete with insignia. This is a reference to Gene's fan inspired nickname, "The Great Bird Of The Galaxy." See more »

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: How difficult, after all these years of learning to respect life, to be forced to destroy it.
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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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