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 complete credited cast:
Wesley Crusher (credit only)
The Peddler
Chief Engineer Logan
Ensign Lian T'Su
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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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9 April 1988 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


This is the second time the saucer separation sequence is used for the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D. The saucer does not get separated again until Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds: Part 2 (1990). See more »


In the opening scene, a male extra seem to be walking up the ramp to the computer interfaces, then disappears in the next shot. Instead, a female extra in blue appears walking up, while in the next shot she is back on the lower part of the bridge behind data, appearing to be running fast in circles around the bridge. Later an older looking extra in red keeps appearing/jumping through scenes unreasonably. See more »


The Peddler: If you need a little something "special," be it for one target, or multiple targets, we got it, you'll see it, here on Minos, where we live by the motto, "Peace through superior firepower."
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References Bright Eyes (1934) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Allows for Some Nice Character Development
31 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode creates challenges for the entire crew. A hologram character, speaking like a used car salesman, draws the Enterprise to a planet. Upon arrival, the away team is confronted by a hostile force. Weapons that float in the air are able to fire on the crew and surround Will in a kind of electronic cocoon. Jean Luc and Beverly beam down to help out but while trying to outrun the hostile forces they fall into a pit where Dr. Crusher is badly injured. This allows these to characters to show the love they have for each other as Picard cares for her, trying to keep her alive. The others are left to their own survival. Meanwhile, the planetary force goes after the Enterprise and Geordi is put in charge, there being no one else that can do the job. He is shown to be green, lacking in confidence. This is a very personal episode and while he conclusion a little weak, it is a very nicely done effort.

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