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 warbird 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
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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, and what he was protecting. See more
Towards the end of the episode, after the cloaking device has been engaged on the Enterprise, Captain Picard gives the order to "Take us out!". To which Worf replies, "Aye, sir!". Worf is at the tactical station. Piloting and maneuvering are normally assigned to the helm, where Ensign Gates is sitting. See more
Admiral Eric Pressman
You are still under my direct orders not to talk about what you know, and I expect you to follow those orders to the letter. I made you, Mister, and I can break you just as easily. Do you understand me, Commander?
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