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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The producers originally had the Pegasus as a Cheyenne-class starship, but was changed to Oberth-class so a new model would not have to be constructed. In the scene in Pegasus main engineering, one of the displays still shows four-nacelle configuration of a Cheyenne class ship. See more »


When Riker and Admiral Eric Pressman are talking in 10-Forward, Riker comments that he's had his beard for 4 years. With each successive season taking place the successive year, as suggested in various episode plots, Riker would have had his beard for 6 years, not 4. 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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Edited into Star Trek: Voyager: Phage (1995) See more »


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Wow...the Federations sure can be tricky!
5 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Admiral Pressman (Terry O'Quinn) has come aboard the Enterprise and taken temporary command. It seems that he has a mission for the crew and it's all rather secret. For Riker, it's an interesting and unwanted reunion, as he served with Pressman long ago on the Pegasus--a ship that was destroyed during their time together. The mission, surprisingly, is to try to recover the ship...but it's supposed to have been destroyed. This isn't the end to the weirdness of the mission, as there are quite a few details that Pressman won't tell anyone and he's ordered Riker to keep silence! What they heck is going on here?!

I liked this episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" a lot because all too often the humans in the show are so annoyingly noble and inhuman because of their extreme niceness! Here, Pressman and others are sneaky, incredibly dishonest and ignore Federation peace treaties--just the sort of tricky stuff I love to see. Well worth seeing.

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