The end of two centuries of storms on a planet allows the Enterprise to discover the USS Essex, a Federation starship missing for that long, and investigates its system. Riker is the only one of his away team on a moon who, after having been knocked unconscious by another electric storm and touched by an electric phenomenon, remains himself: suddenly Troi, O'Brien and even Data, apparently possessed by aliens, grab their guns on the bridge and taken five hostages, including Keiko and her baby, demanding the ship steers to the southern pole, where the Essex is. Picard has himself exchanged for the five and Dr. Crusher figures out the away team was probably affected by an ionic phenomenon, which didn't affect Riker because of his wound-caused pain, which inspires Geordi to prepare and man a pain-gun... Written by
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Seatbelts make a rare appearance in this episode, which are seen inside the shuttlecraft. See more
(at around 6 mins) Boom mic appears above and between Captain Picard and Dr. Crusher. See more
[Picard has offered himself as a hostage in exchange for the injured in Ten Forward
Commander William T. Riker
Sir, putting you down there only strengthens their position.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Number One, so long as they're on board this ship, I'm a hostage no matter where I am. We all are.