While the Enterprise hosts negotiations for control of a stable wormhole, Troi forms a personal relationship with an opposing negotiator, unaware of his true being.



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The Enterprise hosts diplomatic negotiations while in a stable orbit around the planet Barzan, which is badly dependent on external supplies, for control of the one thing which would render it truly viable: a single stable wormhole, perfect for travel all the way to a distant quadrant. Federation delegate Seth Mendoza is informed by Data that the technologically backward Barzanians' observations are fallible, the wormhole may actually prove instable; Data and Gordi test it themselves, to determine its real value. Counselor Deanna Troi falls madly in love with a mysterious sherpa, Devinoni Ral; after sharing his bed, she realizes he shrewdly uses his empathic abilities to read and play into his opponent's emotions, wrestles with the ethics, and must decide whether to use her own... Written by KGF Vissers

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11 November 1989 (USA)  »

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The exercise room is a redress of a part of main engineering; the "pool table" was removed and mirrors were erected, one to hide the master systems display and the other at the opposite end of this part of the engineering set. See more »


Troi orders champagne from the replicator in her quarters. Two glasses appear. The computer did not ask her to specify any details - type of champagne, region grown, vintage etc. It is doubtful that it can only supply one generic version of champagne. See more »


Devinoni Ral: [about negotiating] You know, you're very good at this - very good. Much better than you realize.
Commander William T. Riker: Well, I hope I'm better than *you* realize.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Voyager: False Profits (1996) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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A bit of a prelude to "Deep Space 9".
16 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I would definitely agree with kfo9494's review of Counselor Troi in the series so far--her character has been incredibly one- dimensional (and often annoying I would add). This episode is a chance for Marina Sirtis to do more with this know-it-all character---though this opportunity wasn't fully realized. We see here that Troi is a bit of an 'easy girl' (I am trying to be delicate here), this isn't one of the character's finer moments! After all, she JUST met this new guy and almost instantly she's a sex machine! Perhaps they have eliminated STDs in the 24th century and Troi is just taking full advantage of this! But, even if this doesn't offend or annoy you, her actions seem amazingly shallow and silly--and don't do a lot to give her character depth.

A group of delegates have arrived to bit on rights to the only known naturally occurring wormhole. This wormhole will allow whoever controls it to travel bazillions of light-years almost instantly--and it obviously is worth a huge fortune. Among the several delegates are the sneaky and rather comical jerks, the Ferengi, and a guy named Devinoni Ral who seems more interested in getting his groove on with Troi than negotiating. He also, incidentally, is a real jerk.

The idea of the wormhole would be the basis for the soon to air series, "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" (1993), so in this sense "The Price" is an important episode. But the whole relationship angle with Troi and Ral seemed incredibly contrived and difficult to believe in the least. Too bad the writers didn't take this opportunity to do more with Counselor Troi--clearly and opportunity missed. Overall, despite the whole wormhole angle, a very slow and unsatisfying show.

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