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The crew of the Enterprise participates in war games.


Robert Scheerer


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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Diana Muldaur ... Doctor Pulaski
Roy Brocksmith ... Sirna Kolrami
Armin Shimerman ... DaiMon Bractor
David L. Lander ... Tactician
Leslie Neale ... Ensign Nagel
Glenn Morshower ... Ensign Burke


The Enterprise is to engage in war gaming exercise with a master strategist, Sirna Kolrami, on board. As part of the exercise, Riker will command an old vessel, the USS Hathaway, and act as the 'enemy'. Riker takes along Laforge, Worf, Wesley Cusher and several others as his crew and their first task is to get the vessel operational. Kolrami is supremely confident and arrogant, convinced that his superior skills will result in an easy victory over Riker. When they are attacked by the Ferengi who want the Hathaway as their prize, Picard and the crew stage a clever deception. Written by garykmcd

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The Hathaway's main bridge is a minor redress of the Enterprise-D's battle bridge, last seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Arsenal of Freedom (1988). The original battle bridge set was itself a redress of Kirk's Enterprise bridge, from the first three Star Trek films, and had previously served, with some subtle differences, as the Stargazer's bridge in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Battle (1987). See more »


Several times during this episode, some of the computer displays along the back of the Enterprise bridge are covered by what appears to be matte black material, apparently to mask reflections from studio lights. They're especially evident at the start of the battle simulation. As the Ferengi attack begins, they mostly vanish, only to return as Picard communicates with the Ferengi. See more »


[Data and Troi are analyzing Riker's tactical abilities]
Lt. Commander Data: The weaker his position, the more aggressive will be his posture.
Counselor Deanna Troi: And he won't give up.
Lt. Commander Data: Then, despite whatever... options he is given, he must be...
Counselor Deanna Troi: ...the man that he is, exactly.
Lt. Commander Data: Hm... Is that a failing in humans?
Counselor Deanna Troi: You'll have to decide that for yourself.
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War game, no game
18 September 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One thing I could not figure out is what value StarFleet saw in Roy Brocksmith? His particular alien race was deemed a master at strategic planning so StarFleet inflicts him on the Enterprise and Captain Picard as an observer as the ship is ordered to a war game exercise.

Only it's not a game when the Ferengis deal themselves in. Brocksmith proves himself a fine armchair admiral. It's Patrick Stewart who employs a correct strategy to rescue forty of his crew on another vessel which includes Riker, Worf, Geordi, and Wesley Crusher.

As always even in the Star Trek future, war is really no game at all.

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