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Gambit: Part I 

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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Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
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Dr. Beverly Crusher
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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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9 October 1993 (USA)  »

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The mercenary vessel's bridge is later redressed as the bridge of the USS Pasteur in TNG: "All Good Things...." One of the central consoles was a stock set element that also appeared in "All Good Things..." when the Romulan Commander Tomalak leans over it to address Picard through the viewscreen. See more »

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With Data's promotion to first officer after the supposed death of Picard, his position in command means he should be wearing a red uniform instead of the gold one he normally wears, just as he did in the episode "Chain of Command". However, he keeps wearing his gold uniform throughout the whole episode. See more »

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Commander William T. Riker: Acting Captain's log, stardate 47135.2 - Dr. Crusher has positively identified Captain Picard's DNA. There's no doubt now that he's dead.
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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A maneuver that pays off
1 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

'Gambit' doesn't sit on the shelf of TNG's prestigious episodes, but there's a b-movie quality that really adds some charm. I feel like this is a tip of the hat to "The Search for Spock", between that cold-open bar scene and guest starring Robin Curtis. And if you can get past he occasional misstep of soap-opera dialogue, there's the benefit of Data in the captain's chair.

Not bad at all, and an amusing change-up.

7/10


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