With Picard away for routine surgery, the Enterprise responds to an apparent distress call from a Pakled vessel.



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The Enterprise is en route to base 515 where they will leave Wesley Crusher for a short time to undergo Starfleet Academy exams. Dr. Pulaski also wants Captain Picard to stop there and undergo a medical procedure he would prefer no one know about. The two of them set off for the base in a shuttle craft and along the way form a bond. Riker and others are puzzled by Picard's sudden decision to go to the base but the ship is soon off responding to a distress call sent by a Pakled vessel. They seem to have only limited knowledge of engineering and how to make the necessary repairs to its engines. The Enterprise is more than happy to help out but the Pakled are not as simple-minded as they seem and have their own plans for the Enterprise. Written by garykmcd

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13 May 1989 (USA)  »

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This takes place in 2365. See more »


When Picard and Wesley are about to leave the Enterprise Wesley says: Shuttle 02 ready for departure. But the shuttle they show to be in is Shuttle 01. Shown when the bay doors open and when the shuttle leaves. See more »


Pakled Commander Reginod: We are strong.
Lieutenant Geordi La Forge: You're armed to the teeth.
Pakled Captain Grebnedlog: Teeth are for chewing.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Tapestry (1993) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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19 June 2007 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Not a BAD episode, but I kept wincing at the stilted dialog and direction. Painfully awkward. Not a horrible plot, but very contrived in its development, and for me the whole episode is just plain awkward, from the dialog and direction to the plot and ending. TNG by the numbers, very little imagination or logic, and it seemed to end just because it was time. This is SO not one of the crisp, intelligent episodes that I make a point of catching. I just wish they'd give me a chance to rewrite the dialog, and give the characters more chance to actually express some intelligence, and not move through the scenes like robots. It's TNG, of course, and I'll continue to watch it. Unless there's something better to do.

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