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
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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Did You Know?


Marco Rodríguez later played Glinn Telle in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Wounded (1991) and Julia Nickson played Cassandra in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Paradise (1994). 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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16 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've always enjoyed this episode and when I watched it again (on Blu-Ray) I was surprised how it really holds up. Sure the effects mostly stink, but this works as a great character episode. la Forge especially gets a few great moments here as he is given command of the Enterprise while basically the rest of the bridge crew (what no red shirts) heads down to a planet where nothing is working for them. It's been a while since I watched the series and I don't recall liking Geordi until later in the series. Boy was I wrong. He's professional yet so unsure (much like everyone on board save for Picard, Riker and Troi) of his capabilities but he's a great example of watching a man work on his feet. Oh and then tries that awkward scene down on that cave with Picard and Crusher. It should've been more of a development scene, but it ends up bringing up more questions than answers.

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