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



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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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18 November 1989 (USA)  »

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The Federation science outpost attacked by the Gatherers just prior to the episode used a large scenic background painting originally from Forbidden Planet (1956). The painting is a planetscape seen through the window of the station. See more »


When Riker and he Away Team vaporized the nearby duranium scrap metal to block the field of view of the attacking Gatherers, the cloud of gaseous duranium created would have been 2314 degrees in temperature (as Commander Data had just said). The Gatherers who then walked through that cloud would have burst into flames for doing so. See more »


[Chorgan's ship fires on the Enterprise]
Lieutenant Worf: Shield holding.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Mr. Worf, contact Chorgan, tell him Brull has brought us to talk...
[the ship rocks again]
Lieutenant Worf: Chorgan is not responding.
[the ship rocks again]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Mr. Worf, can we knock out their shields without seriously damaging their ship?
Lieutenant Worf: I believe we can, sir.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Prepare phasers and open a channel.
Lieutenant Worf: Phasers locked, channel open.
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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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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.

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