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 ... See full summary »

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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 garykmcd

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Captain Picard tells Georgi, "Mr. LaForge, time is one thing we do not have in abundance," when receiving his report on the analysis the Enterprise's malfunctions. This is the same line used by Mr. Spock in "The Paradise Syndrome" when Dr. McCoy tells him he needs more time to help Capt. Kirk recover his memory. See more »

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Doctor Pulaski has to explain the concept of a splint to a fellow doctor when the Enterprise's computers start malfunctioning. Given that Starfleet Academy requires its cadets to learn how to survive in a wilderness with minimal technology, it seems odd that Starfleet Medical wouldn't require its medical students to learn low-technology medical techniques. See more »

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Lieutenant Worf: [observing an ever-changing oblong] These scenes could be holographic images.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Be careful.
[Data approaches the oblong and puts his hand through]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Data! That was very foolish.
Lt. Commander Data: But we have established that this is not a holograph.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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They've got gremlins!
13 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When the episode begins, the Enterprise's sister ship, the Yamato, is stuck in the Neutral Zone. Its ship systems are running amok and it's almost as if the ship has gremlins! Whatever it is, just as the Enterprise is approaching, the Yamato explodes! But, before this occurs, the captain of that ship informs Picard he might have discovered the supposedly mythical planet, Iconia, and that a variety of sophisticated weapons might be awaiting them there...weapons that COULD fall into the hands of the Romulans if they don't act quickly. So, following the explosion, Picard decides to take the ship further into the Neutral Zone towards this planet--although out there somewhere is some Romulan ship that is cloaked. Soon, however, both the Enterprise and the Romulan ship begin experiencing gremlin-like problems of their own.

This is a very good episode--with an interesting plot and resolution. Plus, you get to see a crew member die...and come back to life!


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