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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47-reference: The first artifact that Picard analyzes has lot number 478-B. See more »


In describing Picard to a stranger, Troi apparently described him as "about two meters tall" (or 6' 6"). While not inaccurate in an absolute sense, in the context of describing a human it is very misleading, implying that Picard is exceptionally tall for a human. See more »


Baran: What were you doing on Barradas III?
Commander William T. Riker: William T. Riker, Commander, SC - 231-427.
Baran: Oh, really? Well, I am Arctus Baran, and I don't have a number.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Chase (1993) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Picard Is Vaporized!
7 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We arrive in media res with most of the officers on a planet trying to find clues as to the disappearance of Jean-Luc Picard. Ultimately, the scuttlebutt leads to the conclusion that he was shot and vaporized by party or parties unknown. While the crew grieves, Riker decides to get to the bottom of this. He and an away crew go to an architecturally rich planet where Picard was last seen. They are ambushed by mercenaries and Riker is taken captive. He is brought to their ship where severl surprises await him. The people on board are collecting artifacts that have some real significance. They are led by a brutal man who expects absolute obedience and has installed those things in their necks that cause pain. Riker is surprised to see an interesting crew member. He must bide his time and wait for the right moment.

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