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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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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Tim de Zarn has played the roles of Salter in TNG "Starship Mine", Haliz in Voyager "Initiations" and Halb Daier in DS9 "Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night". See more »

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

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Lieutenant Worf: Captain! Request permission to be excused from Commander Hutchinson's reception.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Permission granted... I wish I could excuse myself as well.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Er, Captain, permission to be...
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Mr. La Forge, I cannot excuse my entire senior staff! Mr. Worf beat you to it.
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References Die Hard (1988) See more »

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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 (Bradenton, Florida) – 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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