Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1, Episode 8

The Battle (14 Nov. 1987)

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The Enterprise is kept waiting for days on a mysterious rendezvous with Ferenge 'daimon' (captain) Bok's spaceship, then receives a gift which stuns Picard: the USS Stargazer, the lost ... See full summary »

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The Enterprise is kept waiting for days on a mysterious rendezvous with Ferenge 'daimon' (captain) Bok's spaceship, then receives a gift which stuns Picard: the USS Stargazer, the lost vessel he commanded in a legendary battle, won by inventing a now classic maneuver. He goes aboard to recover some belongings and takes it in tow, but suffers worrying headaches and starts behaving erratically, until he leaves the Enterprise for it. Data works out Bok's motivation for the gift against his race's mercantile attitude, which even gets him removed from command. Wesley notices very peculiar waves. Written by KGF Vissers

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The Stargazer was originally going to be a Constitution-class starship, like Kirk's Enterprise. The production team eventually decided they wanted to keep that ship special and not make it generic. The name Constellation class for the Stargazer was chosen because it could be easily re-dubbed over Geordi saying "Constitution class". See more »

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It is stated later in the series that Betazoids cannot read the minds of species with uncommon brain anatomy including the Ferengi, however, Deanna Troi is able to sense deception and evil intent on the part of Daimon Bok. See more »

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Where is Bok?
Commander William T. Riker: Removed from command, sir, and placed under guard for his act of personal vengeance. Seems there was no profit in it.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: In revenge there never is.
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Ferengi Revenge
26 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Ferengi captain is on a mission of vengeance. He contacts the Enterprise, hailing Picard as a hero, and returning a ship that was in an historic battle nine years previously. Interestingly, a Ferengi ship was destroyed by Picard, so what's going on. The Ferengi, being consummate businessmen, are acting strangely, offering the ship to Picard. Meanwhile, Picard begins suffering debilitating headaches that have no obvious source. During the events that follow, it is obvious that the Ferengi captain is causing all this. It appears that he needs to change history for some reason, making Picard appear a coward. This is an interesting episode although the science is suspect. So often we have to accept machines, allowing our skepticism to subside. The Ferengi captain has conveniently created an orb that can affect the human brain. No one ever explains how he does this. Anyway, the table is set and the villains are in place. Go along for the ride. A decent enough episode.


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