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
Did You Know?
The bridge of the Stargazer is a redress of the Enterprise-D's battle bridge from Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint
(1987) (which in turn, was a redress of the movie Enterprise bridge). For this occasion, the TNG-era chairs and conn/ops stations were replaced with Kirk's command chair and the combined navigation/helm station last seen in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
(1986). The turbolift interior from the first three Star Trek films also appears, although curiously several crewmembers are seen leaving through the side of the turbolift rather than using the car in its established capacity; within the context of the storyline, it is logical to infer that this is due to battle damage rendering the system inoperable, and the crew having to bypass it to access the turboshaft (as would later be seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Disaster
(1991)). Or the set directors just used the turbolift design for a small corridor leading to a turbolift off-camera... sort of like on Voyager's bridge by Ensign Kim's console. See more
Obvious stunt double for Patrick Stewart
. When Picard destroys DaiMon Bok's mind control device, the double goes backward from the blast (side of his face and above the neck area; obscured from the camera angle). 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?
Spoofs It's a Wonderful Life
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more