On a diplomatic mission to bring Ambassador Briam and his Kryotion planet's gift to a reconciliation ceremony with its rival, even warring planet, ruled by rivaling brothers' dynasties, the... See full summary »

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Counselor Deanna Troi (credit only)
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Par Lenor (as Max Grodenchick)
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Chancellor Alrik
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Qol
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On a diplomatic mission to bring Ambassador Briam and his Kryotion planet's gift to a reconciliation ceremony with its rival, even warring planet, ruled by rivaling brothers' dynasties, the Enterprise beams suspiciously cheerful Ferengi traders Par Lenor and Qol aboard just before a containment field collapse makes their ship explode. One of them brings the gift 'accidentally' out of cryostasis, to the crew's horror a live 'gift', 'metamore' (empath) Kamala, whose destiny is to vow her entire existence to a mate's happiness, but alas bestows her enchanting love not on the other ruler but on crewmen, first startled Riker, then Picard who earlier feared Kamala may be held in 'slavery' as Crusher feels, she denies that but claims she must start bonding, within hours, now with Picard as 'substitute', to be ready by the arrival of arranged mate Chancellor Alrik, who proves far more interested in prosaic concerns such as trade concessions, his civilization being coldly cerebral... Written by KGF Vissers

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Trivia

Mickey Cottrell who plays Chancellor Alrik later plays Dumah in the Voyager episode "The Raven". See more »

Goofs

When Picard meet the ambassador from Valt the star field in the window slowly moves in shots focusing on him but does not in shots focusing on the ambassador. See more »

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[the "cargo" has been damaged and changes appearance]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: What is happening?
Ambassador Briam: Emergence.
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References Star Trek: Elaan of Troyius (1968) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy
19 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those episodes that makes me think badly of Star Trek (old, new, newer) despite the fact that I do like a good many episodes. They run the security of the ship, a quasi-military ship, with less rigor than a college frat party. I know that in this instance it moved the plot along that they let a couple of Ferengi loose on the ship, but the sloppiness of it really spoils the rest of the episode. They could have accomplished the same effect in a different way if they had thought about the plot for another twenty minutes, but that seems too much to ask. Next Generation is better than the original in this respect most of the time, but it too has lapses. If it weren't for the sloppiness, I would have given the show an 8.


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