After diverting to a secret meeting with an old friend and some of Starfleet's finest commanders, Picard finds the Horatio blown to bits just hours after the meeting and he returns the Enterprise to Earth looking for answers.

Director:

Cliff Bole

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Gene Roddenberry (created by), Tracy Tormé (teleplay by) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Geordi La Forge
Denise Crosby ... Lt. Tasha Yar (credit only)
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher (credit only)
Henry Darrow ... Adm. Savar
Ward Costello Ward Costello ... Adm. Gregory Quinn
Robert Schenkkan ... Lt. Cmdr. Dexter Remmick
Ray Reinhardt Ray Reinhardt ... Adm. Aaron
Jonathan Farwell Jonathan Farwell ... Capt. Walker Keel
Michael Berryman ... Capt. Rixx
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Storyline

Captain Walker Keel, an old friend of Picard's, uses a top-secret frequency, thus excluding informing Riker, to summon him to a top-secret meeting with two other captains. The vague innuendo about a plot to take over a strategic sector of the Federation by replacing mysteriously dying Starfleet officers doesn't quite impress Picard, but he reconsiders after Keel and his crew die in an explosion. So he intends with Riker to visit Starfleet HQ, where he will dine with admirals and their aide Dexter Remmick, while Riker keeps an eye on admiral Aaron, who insists to visit the modernized Enterprise, actually carrying an alien brain-parasite. Written by KGF Vissers

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Trivia

The director of the episode, Cliff Bole, was a school friend of makeup supervisor Michael Westmore. See more »

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When Riker orders La Forge, at the helm, to increase speed from Warp 5 to Warp 6, La Forge replies, "Aye, Sir, full impulse." Full impulse speed, is exponentially slower than even Warp 1. See more »

Quotes

Admiral Savar: Patience is one of our virtues, Captain. We didn't go after you. We allowed you to come after us.
Admiral Aaron: More dramatic that way, don't you think?
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Features Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) See more »

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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Even though it's not exactly original, it is the best episode of season one.
11 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The plot for "Conspiracy" is pretty much taken from "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", so it's hardly original. However, it's such a HUGE departure from the usually overly cerebral episodes of season one that it's a welcome breath of fresh air!

A few episodes back, an admiral and his henchman, a commander, were introduced ("Coming of Age") and at the time, why they were in the first episode seemed a bit unclear. Here, the final portion of that story is about to play out in "Conspiracy".

It seems that Starfleet has been behaving oddly and several other Federation captains have called Picard to a secret meeting to discuss this. They are not sure what is happening--but SOMETHING is afoot. They warn Picard to be on his guard. This paranoia seems well founded when shortly after the meeting adjourns, one of the captains' ships explodes! Obviously SOMETHING is happening. What? See the show.

This is good old senseless paranoia and violence--things that made the original "Star Trek" series so much fun. And this episode is indeed fun--something the series occasionally forgot to include and a welcome relief here. This is the one to see during the first season.


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7 May 1988 (USA) See more »

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