Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3, Episode 9

The Vengeance Factor (18 Nov. 1989)

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The Enterprise pursues a race of "gatherers" who continue to raid Federation outposts, unaware of the dangers lurking among them.



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Episode cast overview:
Nancy Parsons ...
Sovereign Marouk
Elkanah Burns ...
Temarek (as Elkanah J. Burns)


The Enterprise is transporting the Sovereign Marouk in an attempt to get a break away group of her people to return to the fold, so to speak. They broke away almost 100 years ago and and are now known as the Gatherers, a band of scavengers forever raiding and scavenging anything they can get their hands on. Marouk is prepared to offer them an amnesty but there is a great deal of mistrust between them. Commander Riker meanwhile takes an interest in Marouk's cook Yuta, but the attention of the crew is diverted to finding a saboteur when one of the Gatherers is killed. Written by garykmcd

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This takes place in 2366. See more »


One of the Gatherers pours liquid from a pitcher it is clear. When Brull takes the chalice he pours it onto Temarek's face the liquid is now white. See more »


Sovereign Marouk: You people haven't changed in a hundred years!
Brull: You should know. You were there!
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Yo ho, yo ho...a pirate's life for me....
16 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Captain Picard is getting sick of dealing with The Gatherers--a group of renegade Acamarians who survive through piracy. It's disruptive to this quadrant of space and he's determined to put a stop to it peacefully, if possible. With the help of Sovereign Marouk, he hopes to offer these raiders an amnesty in order to re-unify the Acamarians and restore peace to the region. However, no one realizes that Marouk's servant, Yuta, has a blood feud and she couldn't care less about the peace--she just wants revenge for some personal vendetta. At the same time, Riker (as usual) is a horn-dog and is looking to score with Yuta. Will this make him blind to the risk she poses?

This is a decent but otherwise unremarkable episode. While the goof listed on IMDb is valid, I don't think it was a serious flaw and didn't harm my enjoyment of the show.

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