Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2, Episode 17

Samaritan Snare (13 May 1989)

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



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Biomolecular Physiologist


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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The Pakled names "Grebnedlog" and "Reginod" are the names "Goldenberg" and "Doniger" written backwards. See more »


Captain Picard is at Starbase 515 for an artificial heart transplant. The doctor begins by incising the abdomen, not the chest. See more »


[Picard tells Wesley about his run-in with the three Nausicaans]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I had this one Nausicaan down in this, uh... somewhat devious joint lock, when, uh, unbeknownst to me, one of his chums drew his weapon and... impaled me through the back. Curious sensation, actually...
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Final Mission (1990) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Idiots in Space
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Two plots. One, the near death experience of Jean-Luc Picard as he has a malfunctioning device replaced that causes his heart to beat properly. In the process, he bonds (as much as is possible) with Wesley Crusher who joins him on a long shuttlecraft ride. Picard has been hiding his condition from the crew because his ego can't handle needing others to look after him. The other, occurring during this time as a pack of strange aliens who seem mentally deficient, make a grab for weaponry on the Enterprise. Number One must confront these characters since the Captain is incapacitated. These guys are portrayed as such idiots it's hard to imagine how they could tie their shoes, let alone build and pilot a space ship. They are formidable, nevertheless, but reactive. This is what is used against them. When Picard takes a turn for the worse, Pulaski is pulled in. There are numerous lessons learned by various crew members, Picard included. The fear of vulnerability is something that has to be accepted because not everything requires unilateral thinking. So one half of the episode is intriguing; the other is suspect.

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