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The Hunted 

Investigating a planet applying for membership into the Federation, the crew of the Enterprise finds a group of inhabitants who used to be soldiers, but now fight for their very existence.


Cliff Bole


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Robin Bernheim | 1 more credit »




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
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Jeff McCarthy ... Roga Danar
James Cromwell ... Prime Minister Nayrok
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
J. Michael Flynn ... Zayner
Andrew Bicknell ... Wagnor


The Enterprise arrives at planet Angosha III, which wants to join the Federation. While their PM Naydor stresses pacifism and intellectualism, prisoner Roga Danar's escape from a maximal security facility is reported; the Enterprise undertakes to capture his cargo vessel, but it eludes the starship at an asteroid; after more tricks, the prisoner is beamed aboard and stunned with great difficulty. Danar has no life signs, his record is military. It is found he was in a program to turn unknowing Angoshan volunteer army recruits into perfect soldiers, by chemical and mind programming. He means it when he says he would rather die then return as prisoner, proves a master at escape and then surprises again... Written by KGF Vissers

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James Cromwell, who starred as Prime Minister Nayrok, later starred as Jaglom Shrek in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Birthright, Part I (1993) and Star Trek: The Next Generation: Birthright, Part II (1993), Minister Hanok in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Starship Down (1995), and most notably as Zefram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Enterprise: Broken Bow (2001) and Star Trek: Enterprise: In a Mirror, Darkly (2005). See more »


When Danar beams aboard the Enterprise, he attacks O'Brien and the security team that is waiting for him. Several times, O'Brien calls for more security, but no one shows up, except Riker and Worf, who are already on their way. See more »


[Danar and his fellow soldiers storm into the government building]
Capt. Picard: [as Worf reaches for his phaser] No, Worf! All of you, don't respond! Don't provoke them further! Keep those weapons down unless you wish to be killed!
Prime Minister Nayrok: Do as he said.
Roga Danar: No! Don't! Shoot us, destroy us. Do what you have to. But you will *not* ignore us.
[no response]
Roga Danar: Go on, do it!
[he charges his weapon and fires a blast into the wall, but the Angosians still do not raise their weapons]
Roga Danar: Cowards!
Capt. Picard: Yes, and you're not programmed to murder ...
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Referenced in Monk: Mr. Monk and the Big Reward (2006) See more »


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Its parallel to today is obvious and compelling.
16 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The Angosians are applying for membership in the Federation and so the Enterprise is approaching their planet. However, an escaped prisoner escapes and the Enterprise is asked to help capture him. The guy turns out to be EXTREMELY tricky and it's obvious he's not just some ordinary being. When captured by the Enterprise, they soon learn that he's undergone a lot of bio- engineering in order to make him the perfect soldier. Interestingly, they soon learn that the man hadn't actually committed crimes but was a soldier who has deliberately been made into this dangerous being. And, instead of trying to deprogram the man, the Angosians simply have banished him and their other soldiers to a penal colony!

Like many episodes of "Star Trek", this one is obviously intended as a parallel to today. It's obvious that it's intended as a lesson about PTSD and society's need to fix these broken warriors. It does have a great point to make and is very effective overall. One of the better season two episodes.

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