The Federation is on the verge of war with the Cardassians after a Starship under the command of Captain Benjamin Maxwell attacks a Cardassian science outpost, destroying it and killing everyone there. Captain Picard is ordered to find Maxwell and take whatever steps necessary to stop him. The Cardassians are cautious and their captain, Gul Macet, doesn't quite believe Picard will hunt down one of his own. Picard for his part will do his duty but finds it hard to believe that a Starship captain would attack without reason. Chief O'Brien served with Maxwell and knows that his family was killed many years before in a Cardassian attack. He also knows that Maxwell is a very able captain who would not seek revenge. When Maxwell destroys a Cardassian cargo ship, Picard realizes he must be stopped before there is all-out war. Written by
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Marc Alamo's physiology is the exact base that the Cardassian species is based on by make-up artists. See more
Another of "Chief" O'Brien's mystery rank. Previously his rank was spoken as Chief Petty Officer. In this episode we clearly see two solid gold pips on his collar, indicating a Lieutenant's rank. He is never referred to as anything but a CPO, but his collar jewelry keeps changing. See more
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
You don't care for the Cardassians?
Chief Miles O'Brien
I like them fine. It's just... Well, I know them. You learn to watch your back when you're around those people.
The Minstrel Boy
Performed by Colm Meaney
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