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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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
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
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.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
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