Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 7, Episode 4

Gambit: Part 1 (9 Oct. 1993)

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While investigating the apparent death of Capt. Picard, Riker is abducted by a group of intergalactic archaeological thieves, only to find Picard has apparently joined their ranks.

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Riker's team concludes the missing captain Picard must be dead, since Dr. Crusher identified the debris as his DNA; he gets a free hand from Starfleet while in temporary command of the Enterprise to go after Picard's killers. After further bribery of the alien who tipped them off in the first place fails, Riker resorts to threatening with expulsion to cruel Klingon justice and learns it's the work of mercenaries who head for the Baratus system. Data works out the only plausible planet is 3, now uninhabited but rich in archaeological remains of the Dubroons, a Romulan-related race. Indeed his party finds Picard's traces there, but is attacked by three mercenaries, who capture Riker on board their ship, and implant a pain-control device. To his surprise another implantee is non other the Picard. He was pressed into joining the crew on account of his skills, especially in archeology. Picard tells Riker to win the pirate captain's trust, by pretending to be Picard's enemy, as he is ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Baran uses a pain inducer, worked by remote control to enforce discipline among his crew. Its similar to what Gul Madred used on Captain Picard in the previous season when he was captured and tortured by the Cardassians. See more »

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When Baran's ship fires on the Enterprise's warp engine at the end of the episode, the picture shakes. See more »

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[Baran's people have demanded to get rid of Riker, which Baran refuses]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [as Galen] They're right, Baran. And you know it. I say kill him - now.
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) See more »

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Archeology and action.
1 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

ST:TNG:156 - "Gambit, Part I" (Stardate: 47135.2) - this is the 4th episode of the 7th and last season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

The Enterprise crew go in search of Captain Picard, who has been missing for some time - only to find out he's been vaporized! They soon learn that Picard was ambushed while visiting an archaeological site, and begin to hunt for the killer. Witnesses lead them to Barradas III where Riker is captured by mercenaries - including Robin Curtis as Tallera/T'Paal and Picard, who is very much alive! What is the purpose of the mercanaries? Why is Picard with them? Watch in this exciting beginning of a 2 part episode.

Trivia note: gold pressed latinum mentioned for the first time on TNG. Robin Curtis is a Star Trek alum (she previously starred in Star Trek III and IV as Lt. Saavik). And, Picard's love of archeology is the focal point here.


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