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A long-lost ship is found on a planet where cosmic storms prevented detection for 200 years. When a surface landing goes wrong, the away team is beamed back...with a few extra surprises.


David Livingston


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Rene Balcer (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »




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
Rosalind Chao ... Keiko O'Brien
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Michelle Forbes ... Ensign Ro Laren
Ryan Reid Ryan Reid ... Transporter Technician
Majel Barrett ... Enterprise Computer (voice)


The end of two centuries of storms on a planet allows the Enterprise to discover the USS Essex, a Federation starship missing for that long, and investigate its system. Riker is the only one of his away team on a moon who, after having been knocked unconscious by another electric storm and touched by an electric phenomenon, remains himself: suddenly Troi, O'Brien and even Data, apparently possessed by aliens, grab their guns on the bridge and take five hostages, including Keiko and her baby, demanding that the ship steer to the southern pole, where the Essex is. Picard has himself exchanged for the five and Dr. Crusher figures out the away team was probably affected by an ionic phenomenon, which didn't affect Riker because of his wound-caused pain, which inspires Geordi to prepare and man a pain-gun. Written by KGF Vissers

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The spherical component of the shooting model of the Daedalus-class U.S.S. Essex was later reused in Star Trek: The Next Generation: All Good Things... (1994) for the hospital ship U.S.S. Pasteur. See more »


After Data's console is shut off on the Bridge, he pounds the panel in anger. Some of the makeup from Brent Spiner's hand can be seen rubbed off on the computer panel after he hits it with his fist. See more »


Lieutenant Worf: Spiritual possessions of this sort have been reported throughout Klingon history. It is called jat'yIn - the taking of the living by the dead.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Human history is full of many similar legends.
Lieutenant Worf: Then you believe they may be telling the truth?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Not for one moment.
Lieutenant Worf: Sir, they know much about the Essex. If it *is* the spirit of Captain Shumar...
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Then he should be behaving very much better, don't you think?
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Hostile takeover
17 October 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

An away team consisting of Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, and Brent Spiner take a shuttle craft down to a very hostile planet with continuing ion storms and are stranded there. Colm Meaney beams down with a machine that will give them a small containment field to keep the effects of the storm at bay.

But when they beam back up Counselor Troi, Chief O'Brien, and Commander Data have been taken over by aliens who say they are the ghosts from a starship that went missing 200 years ago. They take over the nursery where among hostages are Rosalind Chao and the O'Brien baby girl.

Ghosts taking over live bodies quite hostilely. But Counselor Troi who is not behaving as a Star ship Captain should arouses Patrick Stewart's curiosity.

No more will I reveal other than to say these beings who've taken the bodies of the TNG regulars are not who they claim. And some very ancient civilization has found a punishment that beats the death penalty.

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