Commander William Riker has been on an acculturation mission under an alias for months on the Malcorian planet, surgically altered to appear as a local, but he gets badly wounded, beyond their medical skills to correct because his internal organs are unknown to them. Captain Jean-Luc Picard decides to speed up his official diplomatic approach (a.k.a. First Contact protocols) and intercede on Riker's behalf, but they are told by a fascinated, open-minded Malcorian scientist that her planet's culture is particularly xenophobic and would reject any alien as being unequal to them. The Malcorian government keeps the matter secret but is internally divided: while Chancellor Durken is in favor of Riker's release without his people finding out and establishing friendly relations with the Federation, his powerful security minister, Krola, is prepared to go to any length to preserve their traditional way of life, including framing Riker for murder.
KGF Vissers/edited by statmanjeff
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was working on Cheers
(1982) at the same time. In order to dovetail her schedule, it was sometimes necessary for her to go through makeup with TNG, then skip across the lot to rehearse with Cheers (in alien makeup), then return to TNG to finish makeup and shoot. She reported that the Cheers cast appreciated the humorous distraction (glued to her face). See more
If the Federation has been observing the Malcorians for some time, including with field agents on the planet for several years, then why does it come as such a surprise and concern that the Malcorians consider themselves supreme beings at the center of the universe? See more
You speak the language of diplomacy very well, Captain. It's a language I appreciate and understand, but I have learned to not always trust it.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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