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 »


Picard is looking into a trunk that contains some of his positions, as if they had been packed. Picard had been forced to abandon the Stargazer so quickly it was very unlikely he had had time to pack anything. And if he HAD had time he would have taken those things with him. See more »


Lt. Commander Data: One of these two logs is a forgery, sir.
Lieutenant Geordi La Forge: Correction. The log just found aboard the Stargazer is a forgery.
Lt. Commander Data: As I said, that is one of them. Is it not?
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Bloodlines (1994) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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There is not much profit when it comes to revenge.
10 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode begins with something very strange--the Ferengi want to GIVE something away! As folks familiar with the show would realize later, the Ferengi would NEVER just give something away...and obviously there is a catch. In this case, they return a lost Federation ship, the Stargazer, back to Picard--a man who served aboard the ship during an encounter at Maxia where the ship destroyed a Ferengi vessel that attacked them. Obviously this is an attempt by DaiMon Bok to exact revenge for this incident...but how will this result in his punishing Picard?

Had the Federation come upon the Ferengi offer of a 'gift' later in the series, it obviously would have been seen as a trap. However, this was only the second encounter with this annoying species--so the humans have no idea what's REALLY going on in this episode. So, it is not a weak episode--just one that explains just who the Ferengi are and how they think.

This is a very good episode--not just because of what it has to say about revenge but because it gives some wonderful insights into the psyche of the Ferengi. All in all, one of the better episodes of season one.

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