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
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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
[Picard interrogates Riker about the real purpose of the mission
Commander William T. Riker
I've said all I can. I am under direct orders from Admiral Pressman not to discuss this, sir.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Very well. He's an admiral, I'm a captain. I cannot force you to disobey his orders. Therefore, I will have to remain in the dark on this mission. And I will just have to trust that you will not let Pressman put this ship at unnecessary risk. And if I find that that trust has been misplaced, then I will have to reevaluate the command ...
References Raise the Titanic
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