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 than 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 the Cardassian interrogator Gul Madred used on Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Chain of Command: Part 2 (1992). 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: [about his control devices] These devices were the idea of my predecessor. It's a convenient way of enforcing discipline.
Commander William T. Riker: What happened to him?
Baran: He failed to enforce it with me.
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Decent
2 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While this isn't quite as good as most two-part episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation", it is pretty good and a nice change of pace. It begins with the crew believing that Captain Picard has been killed. However, he's actually hanging out with a band of space pirates and is pretending to be a scum-bag named Galen. I assume it's because he's anxious to discover their wicked plans regarding some artifact, though perhaps this was just Picard's mid- life crisis. Regardless, later Riker is captured by the pirates and to avoid being killed, he pretends to be a horrible Starfleet officer--one who is quick to betray the Enterprise to save his own butt. Where is it all going?

This episode is slightly better than the follow-up--mostly because the next episode ends poorly. And, if you do decide to watch, look quickly for Sabrina La Beauf (of "The Cosby Show") in a small role as Ensign Gisuti.


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