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Starship Mine 

When the Enterprise puts in to space dock for an 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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Nibley ...
Satler (as Tim deZarn)
Arlee Reed ...


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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27 March 1993 (USA)  »

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Guest star Marie Marshall also appeared in two episodes of "Babylon 5", while guest star Patricia Tallman appeared on that show initially as a recurring character before being promoted to series regular. See more »


When Riker encounters Picard at the Turbolift, he says he was heading down to Deck 7, when they were on Deck 12. See more »


Orton: I am not interested in hearing your hostage negotiation tactics, Commander.
Commander William T. Riker: Well, it can't hurt you to listen, can it?
Orton: All right.
Commander William T. Riker: Thank you. Now...
[Riker turns away from Orton]
Commander William T. Riker: ...the first thing I think we need to discuss is this:
[Riker reels around and punches Orton in the face]
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References Mister Ed (1958) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Finally, we see Picard behaving more like The Terminator!
29 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

This has always been among my favorite episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" because Picard is in rare form. Instead of the usually quiet and passive sort of guy who is NOTHING like Kirk, here he's a bloodthirsty killer--and I like it!!

The Enterprise is docked at a space station as the ship is being swept with Baryon. I have no idea what this is (nor does anyone watching the show) but apparently it cleans the ship AND will kill whoever it touches! So, the crew all beam to the station for some R&R. However, Picard decides to go back to the ship to fetch something and finds that space pirates are aboard and they are planning on stealing the ship's trilithium in order to sell it to terrorists! So, uncharacteristically, Picard stealthily runs about the ship killing off the pirates one at a time.

An additional plot is a humorous one where Data is trying to learn small-talk. He is incredibly dull so the crew sicks him on the man running the space station, as he's also incredibly dull and the pair end up having a ball!

The show is exceptional in every way--unusual, exciting, tough and, at times, funny. This show is simply among the very best.

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