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The Hunted 

Investigating a planet applying for membership into the Federation, the crew of the Enterprise finds a group of inhabitants who used to be soldiers, but now fight for their very existence.

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The Enterprise arrives at planet Angosha III, which wants to join the Federation. While their PM Naydor stresses pacifism and intellectualism, prisoner Roga Danar's escape from a maximal security facility is reported; the Enterprise undertakes to capture his cargo vessel, but it eludes the starship at an asteroid; after more tricks, the prisoner is beamed aboard and stunned with great difficulty. Danar has no life signs, his record is military. It is found he was in a program to turn unknowing Angoshan volunteer army recruits into perfect soldiers, by chemical and mind programming. He means it when he says he would rather die then return as prisoner, proves a master at escape and then surprises again... Written by KGF Vissers

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This episode was an allegory to US veterans of the Vietnam War, integrating back into American society. See more »

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When Worf meets the turbolift supposedly carrying Danar, the door markings indicate that he's on deck 12. However, the location of the security cells that Danar had just escaped from are on deck 36. See more »

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Capt. Picard: And my understanding is that these men are programed to survive, is that correct?
Counselor Deanna Troi: Yes, Captain.
Capt. Picard: And that they will not kill unless their survival is at stake?
Lt. Commander Data: It is against their nature to do so, Captain.
Capt. Picard: Then let us hope they do not believe their survival is at stake.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Birth of the Federation (1999) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Made to Serve
16 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

Through genetic engineering a planetary race, which is applying for a position in the Federation, has been producing soldiers to fight their battles. What has happened is that they have ignored the fact that these are sentient beings who have the same desires and hopes as their own. One of them escapes and through a series of circumstances finds himself on the Enterprise. Picard, taking the side of the oppressors because of ignorance has him captured and put in isolation. What they don't realize is the ingenuity of this battle ready being who is really formidable. Picard runs somewhat afoul of the people he is negotiating with as he realizes there are two sides to this story. The smug people are extremely comfortable letting these poor men fight for them and have no intention of giving them anything. Picard often uses the most solid form of action which is inaction. Another third season gem.


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