Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 7, Episode 12

The Pegasus (8 Jan. 1994)

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Riker finds out his former commander from the starship "Pegasus" has orders that entail more than what is revealed to Picard, who thinks the Enterprise is en route to recover the lost ship. And Riker is ordered to secrecy.



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Picard quickly escapes starring as role model in the school's annual "Captain Picard Day" responding to a top-secret assignment from Admiral Eric Pressman, once Will Riker's captain aboard the starship Pegasus. The Pegasus was lost 12 years ago and presumed destroyed, but in fact still in existence. The mission is to get to the ship before the Romulans (who have a three day head start) and prevent Enterprise-type technology falling into enemy hands. Only Will is told by Pressman of their real mission: to retrieve the computer code and repeat the secret experiment that started the fatal cloaking accident. Picard discovers there was a mutiny on the Pegasus, covered up by intelligence. The Enterprise finds the Pegasus in an asteroid fissure and hides from an approaching Romulan war-bird so they can return alone later - but finds it partially materialized inside the rock. When Pressman and Riker find the experiment inside, Will must make up his mind, but they're not alone. Written by KGF Vissers

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This episode was inspired by the novel 'Raise the Titanic!' Writer Ronald D. Moore started with the premise of a mystery ship from the past that holds a secret within it, and considered the consequences if Riker was on that ship-what was Will protecting? See more »


At the conclusion of the first encounter with the Romulan ship, Worf reports that the Romulans are resuming their tachyon scans of the asteroids. The Enterprise was unaware of the Romulan ship's activities or presence until it decloaked a few moments earlier, and so could not know if they were resuming what they had been doing before the encounter. See more »


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: That's what it's about - a cloaking device. In the Treaty of Algeron, the Federation specifically agreed not to develop cloaking technology.
Admiral Eric Pressman: And that treaty is the biggest mistake we ever made! It's kept us from exploiting a vital area of defense!
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: That treaty has kept us in peace for sixty years! And as a Starfleet officer, you're supposed to uphold it.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: The First Duty (1992) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Riker's past
19 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of Riker's former captains returns as an Admiral in search of their lost ship. Pegasus forms a part of Riker's past, like the episode "Second Chances", to help us understand his evolution as Picard's "number one". The conflict between Picard/Riker/Admiral Pressman drives the drama.

The internal conflict within Riker is equally intriguing. He must choose between duty, friendship and the mistakes of his past to avoid disaster. "Pegasus" also showcases the directing talent of LeVar Burton, foreshadowing his future success as a director in other Star Trek series.

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