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 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 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, 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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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: The First Duty (1992) See more »


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Another Renegade Admiral
12 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It would seem that the screening process for high level officers in starfleet isn't very successful. A former Captain, Pressman, from the Pegasus finds himself aboard the Enterprise and there he meets his former ensign, Will Riker. There is immediate dislike between the two men. It turns out that something happened aboard the Pegasus in the past and actions taken by the captain and Riker had dire consequences. As a matter of fact, the crew of the doomed ship mutinied. Riker, now more seasoned, wishes to put this behind him, but Pressman wants to find the ship, which is in dangerous Romulan territory, and complete an experiment he failed at during those early days. He enlists Riker and forces him to promise he will not reveal the mission. Somehow, this guy has gotten the higher ups to allow him free reign in his efforts, not knowing his real motives. Star Trek is littered with unstable former captains and officers.

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