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Starship Mine 

When the Enterprise puts in to space dock for an energy sweep of the ship which is lethal to humans, Picard gets trapped on board with technicians who are not what they appear to be.


Cliff Bole


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Morgan Gendel | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
David Spielberg ... Cmdr. Hutchinson
Marie Marshall ... Kelsey
Tim Russ ... Devor
Glenn Morshower ... Orton
Tom Nibley Tom Nibley ... Neil
Tim DeZarn ... Satler (as Tim deZarn)
Patricia Tallman ... Kiros
Arlee Reed Arlee Reed ... Waiter


The Enterprise is docked at a station where it is to undergo a routine procedure to remove accumulated baryon particles. The ship must be evacuated while undergoing the procedure but Picard realizes there are people on board that should not be there. When the power is shut down, he finds himself trapped on board just when the deadly baryon sweep begins. The unknown people aboard the ship are thieves seeking to make a tidy profit from their foray. Data meanwhile tries to improve his ability to engage in small talk. Written by garykmcd

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The initial "pitch" for this episode was one line: "Die Hard (1988) on the Enterprise." As for fans, the popular nickname for this episode is "Die Hard Picard." See more »


When Kiros tells Kelsey that she has Mot on deck 10, we hear '10' but her lips say something else. See more »


Lt. Commander Data: [Communicating with Capt. Picard as Kelsey, the thief Picard was fighting on board, is making her escape] Sir, an unidentified scout ship has just beamed someone off the Enterprise. Do you know anything about it?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [Holding the stabilizing unit of the container of dangerously unstable material Kelsey was stealing that he managed to remove without her noticing] I know they won't get far.
[Kelsey's departing ship soon explodes]
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References Mister Ed (1958) See more »


"Piano Concerto #17 in G Major, K. 45 third moment (Allegretto)'
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
[Akaria Base reception music]
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The Baryon Sweep
13 August 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This TNG episode has the Enterprise undergoing a little maintenance while the officers and crew are doing a little R and R. What's happening to the Enterprise is that it is undergoing what they call a Baryon sweep. Some highly toxic rays are beamed into the ship to destroy any unfriendly microbes the ship picks up in outer space.

This is the time some terrorists decide to drain some unstable radioactive waste from ship's engine. They have to do it in a certain amount of time or the toxic rays will do them in.

Two things go wrong. Patrick Stewart has to quickly return to the ship for something he forgot. Secondly several of the rest of the senior staff discover something and they're taken hostage.

Two performances really make this episode. The first is Marie Marshall as the lead terrorist who is a tough and resourceful villain and equal to any male. In fact truth be told she really hasn't much use for the male of the species which she demonstrates on a few occasions.

The second is David Spielberg their genial and talkative host on the space station the crew is on. He bores to tears just about everyone with his steady stream of small talk. But Data is trying to master that art of making pleasant conversation so the two go at it. Speilberg and Brent Spiner absolutely hysterical one of the funniest moments in TNG history.

Worth watching for that alone.

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