Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 7, Episode 5

Gambit: Part 2 (16 Oct. 1993)

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



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Episode cast overview:
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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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Several place names and objects throughout the episode are all a homage to previous episodes. See more »


Ronald B. Moore is mistakenly credited with an initial "D" in the end credits. This confuses him with writer and producer Ronald D. Moore. See more »


[Galen alias Picard has instigated a mutiny]
Baran: [to his crew] He's plotted this all along. Opposed me at every turn. Endangered all of us by refusing to follow his orders.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: To follow *your* orders - the orders of a small man trying to fill a role too big for him!
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A Romulan who talks about "Logic"...
14 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Last we had seen, Baran's Raider was blowing Holes in The Enterprise D: In particular, the Starboard Engine Nacelle. But the D can put up more of a fight than Baran is ready to handle.

Tallera is able to convince Baran to call off the Attack using "Logic"

  • Since when are Rihannsuǂ ever interested in Logic? But Talerra (Star

Trek III's Robin Curtis) is a most unusual Romulan.

And Galen is a most unusual smuggler. In fact, if you had already seen Part 1 of this mid-season 2-parter, you would know already that he's Picard, using his old teacher's name.

And the Raiders have been stealing specific Relics from ancient Sites. Initially, Picard assumes they are Romulan relics.

But a lot has been Assumed in the first part of this twin episode. First Impressions, but mainly Misdirection.

Galen tries to incite a mutiny on board the Raider ship, and he starts planting seeds of Dissent. But Tallera finds him out, and in finding out, reveals to Galen her "true" identity. But is it just another half- truth? Maybe. The reason why Tallera is so interested in Logic is because her actual race is.

I thought I had figured it all out by mid-episode, but there are still reverses to be doled out here.

Data finds a Klingon Courier who was to deliver a final piece to this puzzle to Baran (Richard Lynch)- So they fabricate a reason to "inspect" his shuttle for fruit flies and Hold him - The Courier Koral (James Worthy) appears to be at least 2 feet taller than Worf, whether he actually is this tall or if it was an effect is no matter, it's effective. And he does not like Worf's Bloodwine. Data and Crusher are as polite as they can be toward him - Until Galen and Riker host a raiding party on the Enterprise and steal back Koral's artifact. Galen "Kills" Riker, then beams back to the Raider Ship.

Where he deals with Baran, or rather, lets Baran deal with himself with his own punishment device. Bye Bye Baran.

Galen and Tallera continue the Pretense and promise fair pay to the Raiders without the threat of a punishment device.

What makes these two episodes so great are the reversals upon reversals, piled deck high and planet deep. Who is deceiving who and for what reason?

And the artifact is actually a dangerous weapon that had been discarded by the Vulcans long ago, over 2000 years ago.

5,000 years before this episode was to take place the Vulcans were a barbaric people until they found Logic - This is established in the Original Trek episode "All Our Yesterdays"- And in this Next Generation episode, we have a person who is willing to take back that 5,000 years of hard fought social development.

It is an entertaining and exiting story with a hard truth attached to it, as there are people in the world today in our neighborhoods, and elected into our governments who will try to roll back Civil Rights to the state they were in previous to the Civil War.

Xenophobic Isolationism is how it is referred to here, in our reality it is called "Extremism" and just as unpleasant.

This second offering in this 2-parter finalizes this interesting and thought provoking episode, full of feints-within-feints and the final resolution is most satisfying - And Logical.

ǂ"Rihannsu" is a non-canon name for the Romulan Race in their native language, used in the "Rihannsu" Trek Novels.

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