At the Federation's first encounter with the hostile, thievish Ferengi race, both the Enterprise and their 'daimon' (captain) Tarr's spaceship are immobilized by a force field from a ... See full summary »

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At the Federation's first encounter with the hostile, thievish Ferengi race, both the Enterprise and their 'daimon' (captain) Tarr's spaceship are immobilized by a force field from a dead-presumed planet. It turns out to be the 'portal', a gatekeeper, last survivor of a superior civilization wiped out by their star's supernova. He captures both races' scouting teams and test if they deserve to be spared or put down as hopeless barbarians. The Ferengi try blaming the humans, Riker brutal, yet noble honesty. Written by KGF Vissers

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The music track that plays in Captain Picard's quarters, when Data asks Captain Picard about death is "Gymnopedie No. 1" by Erik Satie. See more »

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Portal swings his staff while approaching Riker showing off his speed and dexterity. It's obvious that the video is at double speed for this effect. See more »

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Lieutenant Geordi La Forge: Hello, stranger.
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Featured in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shades of Gray (1989) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Dawn of the Ferengi...
9 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Last Outpost" marks the first appearance of the Ferengi in the Star Trek shows (though they were mentioned in an earlier one). The Ferengi steal Federation property and when the Enterprise gives chase, the Ferengi decide to fight and are FAR more aggressive than they'd be in future episodes. In this case, they begin fighting. However, the Enterprise soon is stuck in some sort of tractor beam...and so is the Ferengi ship. Who's behind this and how will they break free? And, is it even possible to work with the treacherous Ferengi to find a solution?

This was a very good episode. It was intelligently written and showed a different sort of Enterprise than you normally saw in the previous series. However, it also ushers in a LONG (and occasionally annoying) number of episodes where the Enterprise is amazingly passive and non- violent--as if the future human race has perfected itself. This represents the philosophy of the new series--one that seemed to be a bit too much at times (as I preferred Kirk's less philosophical way of dealing with aliens).


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