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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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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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 »

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(at around 21 mins) Data throws Tasha out of the way of the probe's weapon wire, then jumps after her. It's an obvious stunt double for Data. See more »

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Lt. Commander Data: [scanning the planet Minos] No signs of intelligent life forms. Vegetation and animal life only.
Counselor Deanna Troi: What happened to all the people?
Lieutenant Worf: War?
Lt. Commander Data: Disease?
Lieutenant Geordi La Forge: A dissatisfied customer?
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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Allows for Some Nice Character Development
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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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