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Samaritan Snare 

With Picard away for routine surgery, the Enterprise responds to an apparent distress call from a Pakled vessel.


Les Landau


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Robert McCullough (as Robert L. McCullough) | 1 more credit »




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
Christopher Collins Christopher Collins ... Capt. Grebnedlog
Leslie Morris Leslie Morris ... Cmdr. Reginod
Daniel Benzali ... Surgeon
Lycia Naff ... Ensign Sonya Gomez
Tzi Ma ... Biomolecular Physiologist


The Enterprise is en route to base 515 where they will leave Wesley Crusher for a short time to undergo Starfleet Academy exams. Dr. Pulaski also wants Captain Picard to stop there and undergo a medical procedure he would prefer no one know about. The two of them set off for the base in a shuttle craft and along the way form a bond. Riker and others are puzzled by Picard's sudden decision to go to the base but the ship is soon off responding to a distress call sent by a Pakled vessel. They seem to have only limited knowledge of engineering and how to make the necessary repairs to its engines. The Enterprise is more than happy to help out but the Pakled are not as simple-minded as they seem and have their own plans for the Enterprise. Written by garykmcd

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This takes place in 2365. See more »


Picard's stabbing is depicted differently in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Tapestry to the way he tells it to Wesley here. See more »


Lieutenant Geordi La Forge: The Pakleds seem pretty... sincere.
Pakled Captain Grebnedlog: We want what we want.
Commander William T. Riker: Our computer banks are non-negotiable.
Pakled Captain Grebnedlog: We want them.
Lieutenant Geordi La Forge: Believe me, they're nothing if not... persistent.
Pakled Captain Grebnedlog: We want to be nothing if not persistent.
Lieutenant Geordi La Forge: Nobody ever said they were great conversationalists.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Lower Decks: No Small Parts (2020) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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19 June 2007 | by patricia-resnickSee all my reviews

Not a BAD episode, but I kept wincing at the stilted dialog and direction. Painfully awkward. Not a horrible plot, but very contrived in its development, and for me the whole episode is just plain awkward, from the dialog and direction to the plot and ending. TNG by the numbers, very little imagination or logic, and it seemed to end just because it was time. This is SO not one of the crisp, intelligent episodes that I make a point of catching. I just wish they'd give me a chance to rewrite the dialog, and give the characters more chance to actually express some intelligence, and not move through the scenes like robots. It's TNG, of course, and I'll continue to watch it. Unless there's something better to do.

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