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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9 April 1988 (USA)  »

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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 »


To destroy the last cloaked weapon probe that's firing on the Enterprise, Geordi takes the ship into the planet's atmosphere. As they drop deeper into the atmosphere, the ship becomes unstable, the hull temperature is passing critical and deflector shields are failing. Finally, the probe can be detected by its atmospheric wake, and Worf destroys it with a phaser blast. Instantly, everything returns to normal; the ship seems to have magically and instantly worked its way out of the planet's atmosphere and is back in a safe orbit. See more »


The Peddler: To be totally armed is to be totally secure! Remember: the early bird that hesitates gets wormed!
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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
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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