Picard and the Enterprise respond to a distress call from its sister ship the USS Yamato. It has been facing a number of serious technical glitches and they lost 18 crew members when the computer turned off the force field on an open shuttle bay. Before the Enterprise can assist however, the Yamato is destroyed with all lives lost. The explosion is apparently the result of a failure in their matter/anti-matter pods but Picard suspects it may have something to do with a relic the Yamato's captain obtained on an archaeological dig on a nearby planet. They are in the Neutral Zone and are being shadowed by a Romulan ship but Picard, an amateur archaeologist, leads an away team to the planet to see what is causing the problem. When the Enterprise's shields inexplicably activate, they have no means to beam the away team back on board. Written by
Did You Know?
This is the episode with Riker's iconic line: "Fate protects fools, little children, and ships named Enterprise." This is based on a statement by 19th-century German Prime Minister Otto von Bismarck
: "God loves children, drunkards, and the United States of America." See more
While taking the wild turbolift ride to the bridge, a line of sweat appears on La Forge's back. But when he's thrown onto the bridge a moment later, the line of sweat is gone. See more
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Tea, Earl Grey, hot.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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