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
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This episode contains the longest phaser fight shown on screen, with over 70 shots. All explosions were done in post-production due to a fire season ban on live explosives shot on location at Griffith Park's Cedar Grove. Likewise, all damage stains on rocks were done digitally. See more
Data tells Riker that, as acting captain, Riker should not go on an away mission to the planet surface. Later, Data, as acting captain, also leaves the Enterprise to go to the planet surface. See more
[Riker has avoided an engine failure and thus saved Baran's ship and crew
Commander William T. Riker
[to "Galen", smugly
You still wish you'd killed me?
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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