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
Did You Know?
The idea for this storyline grew out of a spec script submitted by an Iowa college student, Christopher Hatton
. It went against one of Gene Roddenberry
's long-standing taboos: no space pirates. The producers liked that Hatton's script was a "less talky romp". But Rick Berman
, although keen to proceed with an excellent story, tied a bandanna around a bust of Roddenberry when discussing the story. Hatton's original script followed from Picard's point of view and didn't involve Riker at all. He submitted a second script, Star Trek: The Next Generation: Thine Own Self
(1994), later in the season. See more
When Baran's ship fires on the Enterprise's warp engine at the end of the episode, the picture shakes. See more
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.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more