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?
The Iconian "Gateway" computer virus predates the real-life Gateway brand computers that gained popularity almost 10 years later, in 1998. While Gateway was going through a growth spurt, opening stores across the country in 1998, "Gateway 2000" computers had been manufactured since 1985, predating this episode by three years, thus the "gateway" virus did not predate the Gateway computers. See more
When Riker, in command while Picard is off the ship, follows Worf who is carrying Data, into the turbo lift, he never tells anyone else to take command of the bridge. This is always done when the ranking officer leaves. See more
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Well, Number One, I can see why you want to keep the away missions to yourself. That's where the excitement is. So, what's been happening here? Same old routine, I suppose?
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
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