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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Robin Curtis played Saavik in Star Trek III The Search For Spock and Star Trek IV The Voyage Home. Her casting for the episode initially lead some fans to believe that her appearance would be to reprise her role as Saavik. See more
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[Baran's people have demanded to get rid of Riker, which Baran refuses
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
They're right, Baran. And you know it. I say kill him - now.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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