Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 6, Episode 18

Starship Mine (27 Mar. 1993)

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When the Enterprise puts in to space dock for a energy sweep of the ship which is lethal to humans, Picard gets trapped on board with technicians who are not what they appear to be.



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The Enterprise is docked at a station where it is to undergo a routine procedure to remove accumulated baryon particles. The ship must be evacuated while undergoing the procedure but Picard realizes there are people on board that should not be there. When the power is shut down, he finds himself trapped on board just when the deadly baryon sweep begins. The unknown people aboard the ship are thieves seeking to make a tidy profit from their foray. Data meanwhile tries to improve his ability to engage in small talk. Written by garykmcd

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The initial "pitch" for this episode was one line: "Die Hard (1988) on the Enterprise." See more »


In this episode, Trilithium is described as a resin that's highly toxic waste bi-product of a starship's engines, however in Star Trek: Generations, the compound "Trilithium" is described as a nuclear inhibitor capable of stopping all nuclear reactions within a star. See more »


[last lines]
Lieutenant Worf: Captain - you keep a saddle on board?
Commander William T. Riker: Mr. Worf, I'm surprised at you.
Doctor Beverly Crusher: Anyone who is an experienced rider naturally has his own saddle.
Counselor Deanna Troi: It's perfectly normal.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Actually it came in handy. I only wish I'd had the opportunity to use it on a horse.
Lieutenant Worf: [confused] Of course...
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References Die Hard (1988) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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ST:TNG:144 - "Starship Mine" (Stardate: 46682.4) - this is the 18th episode of the 6th season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Again, like in the first season episode "11001001" when the Enterprise was docked to undergo upgrades, in this episode the ship is evacuated in order to conduct a baryon decontamination sweep. While everyone else left the ship attending a reception at Arkaria Base with a talkative Cmdr. Calvin 'Hutch' Hutchinson, Picard goes back for his horse saddle, only to realize and be captured by terrorists trying to take over the Enterprise (including Tim Russ, in another role before his famous Tuvok in Star Trek: Voyager). Picard is soon captured by the terrorists (telling them he's the barber Mott!) and even the reception becomes commandeered by the same terrorists!

What do the terrorists want? Find out in this exciting action-oriented episode!

Trivia note: Data tries his hand at "small talk"! Also, we see Counsolor Troi wearing one of her old counselor outfits (since "Chain Of Command" she's been wearing her blue-colored officer's outfit). And, Picard does a "Vulcan neck pinch" on the future Tuvok!

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