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The Chase 

The crew of the Enterprise must race against various rival powers to uncover an archaeological secret that explains the predominance of humanoid life forms in the galaxy.



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Episode cast overview:
Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Lieutenant Worf
Counselor Deanna Troi
Captain Nu'Daq (as John Cothran Jr.)
Enterprise Computer (voice)


Whilst on a mission to observe the development of protostars in the Volterra Nebula, Captain Picard is visited by his old Academy archaeology mentor, Professor Galen, who invites Picard to join him on a long expedition he claims to be of great historical importance. Upon being refused again in favour of fleet duty, Galen goes alone, but his shuttle is captured by Eurydians, who sell his vital findings, which Data, La Forge and Crusher help decipher, revealing an incredible DNA sequence, common to at least nineteen independent sentient life forms. As it turns out, it was sold to the Klingons and Cardassians too, who arrive simultaneously at the planet, from where they suspect the common source, which included a hidden 'program', originated. Yet this setting holds further surprises from still other races. Written by KGF Vissers

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24 April 1993 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This takes place in 2369. See more »


When Picard, Crusher, Worf and Captain Nu'Daq beam down together, both Dr. Crusher and Captain Nu'Daq materialize with their right leg slightly elevated and ahead of themselves in a step-like position due to the uneven topography of the beam-down site. The transporter pad they beamed down from is a flat surface. There would be no reason to keep one foot elevated. See more »


Gul Ocett: My name is Gul Ocett. Identify yourself and state your business in this star system.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I am Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Federation starship Enterprise, and I see no reason why I should answer to you. Cardassians have no claims in this sector.
Gul Ocett: I suppose not. But my admittedly hasty estimate shows one Federation starship and two Cardassian war vessels. Perhaps I have miscounted.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Gambit: Part I (1993) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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We're not so different
2 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

With a title like 'The Chase', this episode fuels certain expectations - which end up being defied because this is neither cat-n-mouse nor a race. Which is integral to why this is so good. What starts out as Picard reflecting on those career paths not taken switches gears into something more like a mystery thriller. The key to this is the execution; it's a smooth transition (Frakes at the helm) and the endpoint on this journey brings the major raves together (except for Vulcans) for a curious revelation. But there was real though put into this and the effort to address the differences and similarities in Star Trek makeup effects is evident.

It's a great episode.


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