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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This is one of only two series episodes where Captain Picard is never seen in his Starfleet uniform. See more »


At the beginning of the episode, Lt. Worf says the Enterprise has been hit on its port warp nacelle, but we see it hit on the starboard nacelle. See more »


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [as Galen] It's over, Baran.
Baran: [takes out his control device] Not quite. As long as I have this, I'm still Captain of this ship.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: You can't kill all of us. You need us to run the ship more than we need you to command it.
Baran: I don't have to kill you all. Just you, Galen.
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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Picard as Curator
7 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This concludes the two-parter where both Picard and Riker play cat and mouse with a group of mercenaries. There is something powerful in an artifact that must be joined with another. It has to do with power that is unlike any seen before because it has to do with the disposition of the victim. Picard and Riker hatch a plot that involves messages to the Enterprise (commanded by Data) and a profile of antagonism on board the enemy ship. The Romulans and Vulcans share a similar history and this comes into play. Greed can make fools of us and this is no exception. Riker is excellent as the smug turncoat and Picard is also good as the cynical Galen, whose expertise is all that is keeping him alive.

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