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



(created by), | 1 more credit »

Watch Now

With Prime Video



Episode complete credited cast:
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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis





Release Date:

18 November 1989 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Volnath's armor is made of recycled Borg costuming from Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q Who (1989). 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 »


Lt. Commander Data: Captain, I am detecting life readings from the planet's surface, as well as several small areas of thermal radiation and carbon dioxide emissions, indicative of combustion.
Wesley Crusher: [smiles] Campfires, Data.
Lt. Commander Data: Is that not what I said?
See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Good emotional episode of TNG
23 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree with an earlier review that Riker could have beamed Yuta straight to the brig instead of vaporizing her. I can't count how many TNG/Voyager episodes have featured miracles of sensors + transporter technology, but that would have robbed the audience of the 1 on 1 conflict. It was important for Riker to make the awful choice and live with it. The ending in 10-forward with Riker not really caring about an upcoming shore leave shows that. I like how the 3rd season featured a darker, more emotional progression for the series. I watched TNG on first run and it was very clear even back in 1990 that the show had reached a new level compared to the early seasons.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: