Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1, Episode 20

The Arsenal of Freedom (9 Apr. 1988)

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The Enterprise encounters a planet long dead, but technical equipment still functions for the purpose of selling off its arsenal, along with self sufficiency.



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Episode cast overview:
Wesley Crusher (credit only)
The Peddler
Chief Engineer Logan
Ensign Lian T'Su
George De La Pena ...
Lt. Orfil Solis


The Enterprise encounters a message from a planet offering to sell them arms. The messenger, essentially a holographic image, invites them to the planet below. There, the away team led by Commander Riker comes under attack from a myriad of weapons leading Captain Picard and Dr. Crusher to also beam down to the planet. They too are attacked and Dr. Crusher is seriously wounded. Aboard the Enterprise, Lt. Laforge is left in command for the first time in a crisis situation. He not only has to deal with being under attack from these unknown weapons systems, but also deal with a colleague who feels he should be given command of the ship. Written by garykmcd

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The title is based upon "The Arsenal of Democracy," one of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt fireside chats where he proposes to help countries threatened in World War II and keep American neutrality. "We must be the great arsenal of democracy." See more »


When Dr Crusher is injured, Captain Picard tends to her injury. Only later when she believes she has lost a lot of blood does she tell the Captain of her leg injury. See more »


Lieutenant Geordi La Forge: Relinquishing command, Captain.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: As you were, Lieutenant.
Lieutenant Geordi La Forge: Sir?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Mr. La Forge, when I left this ship, it was in one piece. I would appreciate your returning it to me in the same condition.
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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Very simple and straight forward.
11 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Arsenal of Freedom" is a very simple episode--good but with a simple plot. The Enterprise is looking for what's left of another ship, the Drake. The trail leads to a dead planet...and yet the planet makes contact with them! It seems to be an automated message by some arms merchants who own the planet--and it IS a dead planet indeed. But when the away team lands, the planet becomes VERY hostile and begins attacking. Why then the Captain and Doctor beam down, I have no idea. Soon, all five crew members are in a life or death struggle and they cannot beam back aboard. In the meantime, Laforge is in command and this offers him a huge challenge, as the planet soon begins attacking the ship as well. Basically it's a tale of survival as well as of growth for Laforge. Very simple, very direct and yet very enjoyable. Worth seeing.

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