Riker and Picard must find out why this intergalactic gang is looting archaeological sites.



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The officers' ploy has succeeded: Riker won intergalactic piracy captain Baran's confidence while sparing the Enterprise. Picard works out the stolen archaeological artifacts are not Romulan but pre-logical Vulcan. This is confirmed by the only pirate who guessed their game, an undercover agent who must prevent them being used as a terrible weapon. Meanwhile Data is in temporary command, dealing with Worf's initial lack of respect and Klingon Koral's ship, until the pirates beam aboard with a whole series of mainly hidden agendas and deceptions Data's crew also plays into. Written by KGF Vissers

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16 October 1993 (USA)  »

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Really good, but the ending sure disappointed.
2 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is the second episode in a two-parter. While this second episode is really good, the ending is pretty poor--making it a bit of a disappointment after investing all this time in the shows.

In part one, Riker and Picard both become crew members on a space pirate ship. Picard is playing a mercenary guy named Galen and Riker plays himself--but a selfish slacker version of himself who would sell out his crew to save his sorry butt. Why all the mystery? Well, the pirates are trying to assemble some ancient artifact--one that COULD make someone extremely powerful and very, very dangerous. How can the pair manage to save themselves and the galaxy?

This episode was so good and so bad. It's best was a wonderful scene with Galen after he supposedly killed Riker. And, at its worst, it was very, very, very preachy--such as the touchy-feeling (and nauseating) ending.

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