When Riker is offered the command of the the USS Aries he and Picard are pleased. They are stopping at Starbase Montgomery where they are taking a civilian on board to brief Riker on his new assignment. When it turns out to be Riker's father -they haven't seen each other for some 15 years - it seems he knows Dr. Pulaski with whom he obviously at one time had a serious relationship. It takes a physical encounter for father and son to solve their issues. Worf meanwhile has been quite irascible lately and it's left to Wesley Crusher to figure out what he needs. While at the base, the crew is also taking advantage of the facilities to have the engines looked at. Written by
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In the briefing about the Ares, Riker learns of the first officer, Commander Flaharty, who has a flair for languages. Captain Picard calls it a "unique ability of instantaneously interpreting and extrapolating any verbal communication.". This ability is resurrected in the fifth Star Trek series, "Enterprise" (2001) in the character of Ensign (later Lieutenant) Hoshi Sato. See more
Wesley says "Breaking synchronous orbit,", but Enterprise is shown moving in a counter-rotational orbit. Synchronous orbit would mean the ship was moving in the same direction as the planet, and maintaining the same position over a specific land-mass. See more
[Riker and O'Brien are seeing Dr. Pulaski and Riker's father in deep embrace
Commander William T. Riker
They know each other.
Chief Miles O'Brien
No kiddin'. I know her too; but we don't do *that*.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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