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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8 January 1994 (USA)  »

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47-reference: Picard informs Riker about the upcoming inquiry at Starbase 247. See more »


It's not explained how there could be so many well-preserved bodies laying around about the Pegasus. With no signs of damage from being frozen, which at temperatures approaching absolute zero would be very significant. Or, if the there had been a hull breach the damage to the human body would also be very damaging to the human body. Either way, the bodies would not look like they had just fallen. See more »


[Admiral Pressman has suggested to take the Enterprise into the fissure of an asteroid]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Admiral, I don't think that we can risk...
Admiral Eric Pressman: I've made my decision. Prepare to take the Enterprise in, Captain. That's an order.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Mr. Data, will you please note in the ship's log that this action is being taken over my explicit objection.
Lt. Commander Data: It is so noted, sir.
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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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