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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Captain Maxwell is joking with O'Brien about getting his silver tongue from "kissing the stone". This is a reference to the Blarney Stone in Co. Cork, Ireland, which is said to give whoever kisses it great eloquence and skill at flattery. See more
While under attack from the Cardassian ship, Picard asks to increase power to the forward shields. In the next scene the Cardassian ship is shows firing from behind. See more
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
The loyalty that you would so quickly dismiss does not come easily to my people, Gul Macet. You have much to learn about us. Benjamin Maxwell earned the loyalty of those who served with him. You know, in war... he was twice honored with the Federation's highest citation for courage and valor. And if he could not find a role for himself in peace, we can pity him - but we shall not dismiss him.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
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