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 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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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 »

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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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Commander William T. Riker: This is not about revenge. This is about justice. The Captain died in a bar fight, for nothing. Somebody has to answer for that. Then I can mourn.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Chase (1993) See more »

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Richard Lynch at his most Sinister
14 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This 7th season 2-parter begins in a most unusual way, with the Bridge Crew wearing 24th Century "Civvies" in some run down dive-bar on some God or Prophetforsaken planet.

In fact, the teaser is most dire - Picard has apparently been vaporized.

Riker can see only red and he sets aside everything he learned about taking Command in "The Best of Both Worlds" - But this is straightforward revenge and nothing else.

This causes him to act without thinking, leaving The Enterprise once again without a Captain. In short Order, Data is elevated to acting Captain and Worf to First Officer.

Riker has been abducted by the raiders he has been chasing, and he gets a big surprise on the bridge of their vessel.

These are not common thieves, they have an agenda. Richard Lynch (Baran) rules over them with Iron Fist, augmented with a device that gives him sole authority, whether anyone else likes it or not. And on this ship, nobody does, including a mysterious old fart named "Galen".

Galen pulls Riker aside and tells Riker about the Raider's yet-unknown agenda, and they conspire to send the Enterprise the probable targets of the Raider's ship. Galen is not liked well by Baran, and sets up Riker in Baran's eyes as a less than exemplary Starfleet Officer, Citing his Insubordination from "Chain of Command" - This allows Riker to get chummy with Baran so he can get more info out of him.

And then there is Tallera, a "Romulan" - She is Baran's right hand woman, but she is friendly toward Galen. Playing both sides? But there is something about her, she acts most Un-Romulan at times.

Add "Vekor" to Julie Caitlin Brown's astounding list of Aliens she has played and the stage is complete. Look for Sabrina Le Beauf as a shy Helm Officer and Bruce Gray as 'Admiral Chekote" - Not to be confused with "Chakotay" from Voyager.

Data has been put on the spot, and I do not mean his cat. Worf at first cannot give Data the support he needs as Acting First Officer toward Acting Captain, but this gets dealt with in short order. Data accounts for himself well as Captain.

Riker is able to convince Data to play along with Galen's "Gambit" - All without saying one word. As Picard had said in "Allegiance" - A good Commander can tell an alert Bridge Crew exactly what he wants with just one look.


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