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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.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
... Cmdr. William Riker
... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
... Lieutenant Worf
... Dr. Beverly Crusher
... Counselor Deanna Troi
... Lt. Commander Data
... Cmdr. Hutchinson
... Kelsey
... Devor
... Orton
Tom Nibley ... Neil
... Satler (as Tim deZarn)
... Kiros
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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27 March 1993 (USA)  »

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After he is shot, Hutchinson is not seen or mentioned again. However, a following scene pans across a purple fabric that is covering a humanoid body, indicating he was killed. Some additional dialogue between Riker and Crusher that was present in the script but not the episode would have confirmed Hutchinson's death. See more »


In this story, "Trilithium" is described as a resin that's highly toxic waste bi-product of a starship's engines, however in Star Trek: Generations, the compound "Trilithium" is described as a nuclear inhibitor capable of stopping all nuclear reactions within a star. See more »


Kelsey: If I were you, Mr. Mott, I'd be trying to find another way off this ship.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I plan on leaving the same way you do. On your ship.
Kelsey: What ship?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Come on, Kelsey. If you've been planning this so long, you must have a way of getting off the Enterprise and leaving this system. I think you have a ship coming for you. I plan to be on it.
Kelsey: It's a small ship, Mott. I don't think there's gonna be room for both of us.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I'm sorry to hear that. I'll send your regrets.
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References Mister Ed (1958) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Jean-Luc McClane
27 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

I think it's completely fair to label this "Die Hard on the Enterprise" what with it being an excuse to see Picard as a fly in the terrorists' ointment. And while these hijackers lack Alan Rickman's charisma, there are a few clever touches that make this stand out. One is the Enterprise on lockdown, stations vacated and touch screens darkened, simple lighting tricks here and there that increase the eeriness. Also, the Baryon sweep, a looming threat that heightens the stakes.

But it does come down to the bond between captain and his ship, and Patrick Stewart brings the physicality to defend it. He's pretty comfortable with a crossbow, too.


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