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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" The Arsenal of Freedom (TV Episode 1988) Poster

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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).
When questioned by the hologram of Captain Rice, Commander Riker answers that his ship is called the Lollipop, claiming that it is "a good ship." This is a reference to the Shirley Temple song 'On the Good Ship Lollipop'.
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The sand in the cavern was infested with fleas, which made the shoot an utterly miserable experience for Patrick Stewart and Gates McFadden, who were under constant attack by the minute bloodthirsty creatures.
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The miniature of the Echo Papa 607 was built by visual effects supervisor Dan Curry, using an old L'Eggs pantyhose container and a discarded shampoo bottle.
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Director Les Landau, whose first assignment as director was this episode, remembered, "...the episode..., was in creative turmoil and going through a massive, last-minute rewrite. In five years, that was the only time the company had to shut down because there was no shooting script to be shot. I was familiar with the sets, cast and crew, so although the script was late in appearing, I had all the knowledge and background to go ahead and do my job. To this day, 'Arsenal' still stands out as one of the better shows, certainly one of the shows with the most production value of any we've ever done. Fortunately, all the elements fell together on that first day. I had the total support of the cast, crew and company to go ahead and do the best job possible. The cast was, and has always been, totally supportive of working with and for me, and I can't say enough about their cooperation."
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This episode marks the third appearance of one of the Enterprise-D's chief engineers, after Sarah MacDougal (TNG: Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Naked Now (1987)) and Argyle (Star Trek: The Next Generation: Where No One Has Gone Before (1987), Star Trek: The Next Generation: Datalore (1988)). In this case, it is Logan.
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The saucer separation was created completely by using stock footage from Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint (1987).
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Footage of Jonathan Frakes from the scene with Rice was later used in the series finale Star Trek: The Next Generation: All Good Things... (1994) so he could appear younger and beardless.
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This is the first episode of the series to show Worf at the Enterprise-D's tactical station, a position he would be officially stationed at starting with Star Trek: The Next Generation: Skin of Evil (1988) and would remain there for the rest of the series and Star Trek: Generations (1994).
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Robert Lewin had originally meant the episode to develop the implied romantic relationship between Picard and Crusher. Gene Roddenberry, however, nixed the idea, and Lewin cited Roddenberry's lack of interest in character development as his reason for leaving the show. Other sources have suggested that Lewin's departure may also have been stimulated by friction with Maurice Hurley, who adapted Lewin's story and wrote the episode's teleplay.

The big emotional scene, with Picard and Crusher trapped in a cavern, was conveniently interrupted by a handy plot development before it could go beyond anything but the vaguest of hints. Originally, Crusher was going to reveal her true feelings to the gravely wounded Picard, but matters were switched so that Crusher was the injured party. This change worked, but the failure of the scene to make its intended point was frustrating not only to Lewin but to director Les Landau and to most viewers.
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This episode marks the first Star Trek episode of John Nowak, Patrick Stewart's stunt double. Nowak later doubled Stewart in twenty more episodes and in Star Trek: Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), and Star Trek: Insurrection (1998). He also doubled Mark Margolis in Star Trek: The Next Generation: A Matter of Perspective (1990) and Robert Picardo in several episodes of Star Trek: Voyager (1995).
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An Echo Papa 607 drone, holographically masquerading as Paul Rice, stated the USS Drake had a maximum speed of Warp 3, which would make it the slowest known starship in Starfleet in the 24th century.
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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."
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The prop for the big surface cannon that had been used to melt tritanium, speculated by Riker for being a demonstration model for a potential buyer, was a prop rented from Modern Props. It was later on seen again in _Demons_ as a 22nd century mining laser used on Luna.
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This takes place in 2364.
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After Star Trek: The Next Generation: Angel One (1988), this is the second and final episode to show La Forge in command.
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Wil Wheaton does not appear in this episode.
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The closed captioning for this episode replaces the term "Ersalrope wars" with "Romulan wars."
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