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Picard is kidnapped and held with three different aliens and meanwhile replaced with a replica as impostor captain.


Winrich Kolbe


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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Stephen Markle Stephen Markle ... Kova Tholl
Reiner Schöne ... Esoqq
Joycelyn O'Brien Joycelyn O'Brien ... Mitena Haro
Jerry Rector ... Alien #1
Jeff Rector ... Alien #2


An unknown force transports Captain Jean-Luc Picard out of his quarters into a closed cell, where he joins three other captives of different races, including Federation cadet Mitena Haro, who have very different temperaments and mistrust each-other, but have no hope to escape unless they manage to collaborate. Meanwhile a perfect replica of Picard takes his place aboard the Enterprise, but Commander William T. Riker soon suspects he's too perfect and a danger for the ship... Written by KGF Vissers

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The song in which Picard's replica leads the crew is "Heart Of Oak". This traditional British song is the official march of their Royal Navy, of the Royal Canadian Navy, and of the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Its lyrics are as follows:

"Come! Cheer up, my lads; 'tis to glory we steer, To add something new to this wonderful year To honor we call you - as free men, not slaves, For who are so free as the sons of the waves? Hearts Of Oak are our ships, jolly tars are our men We always are ready; steady boys, steady. We'll fight and we'll conquer again and again."

The song was written in 1760 by David Garrick, an English actor, for one of his Drury Lane productions. See more »


The captain comes into 10 Forward and "buys" everyone an ale. But, his purchase/gift is meaningless, since money/wealth is supposedly not a part of life in the Federation. See more »


Esoqq: My given name is Esoqq. It means 'Fighter'.
Kova Tholl: I'll bet half the names in the Chalnoth language mean 'Fighter'.
Esoqq: Mizarians. Your names all mean 'Surrender'!
Kova Tholl: We are a peaceful race. A race of thinkers.
Esoqq: A race of cowards.
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Four Characters in Search of an Author
17 August 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

While Picard is lying in bed, a scanner appears above him. First it takes a reading and then he disappears, finding himself in a circular room with two other beings. One is a tiresome, whiny person who is incredibly passive and not helpful. The second is a young female starship cadet from a non human race. in a while, another grotesque creature shows up. He represents a violent race that often kills its own people. The problem is how to get out of there. Meanwhile, a facsimile of Picard has appeared on the Enterprise. He has full knowledge of his doppelgänger and runs the ship quite successfully. The difference is that the new Picard has kind of a pirate captain's swagger and mentality. He even goes to 10 Forward, buys everyone ale, and sings a drinking song with them. He also tries to put the make on Leslie. As he begins to get careless with the lives of his crew, Riker steps in and puts a stop to it. This is really a mutiny but the rest of the officers know they have been sent on a suicide mission. Of course, what takes place in the doorless room is what we wonder about. The solution is well thought out but the justification is very weak.

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