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The Pegasus 

Riker finds out his former commander from the starship Pegasus has orders that entail more than what is revealed to Picard, who thinks the Enterprise is en route to recover the lost ship. And Riker is ordered to secrecy.


LeVar Burton


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Ronald D. Moore | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Nancy Vawter Nancy Vawter ... Admiral Margaret Blackwell
Terry O'Quinn ... Admiral Eric Pressman
Michael Mack Michael Mack ... Commander Sirol


Picard quickly escapes starring as role model in the school's annual "Captain Picard Day" responding to a top-secret assignment from Admiral Eric Pressman, once Will Riker's captain aboard the starship Pegasus. The Pegasus was lost 12 years ago and presumed destroyed, but in fact still in existence. The mission is to get to the ship before the Romulans (who have a three day head start) and prevent Enterprise-type technology falling into enemy hands. Only Will is told by Pressman of their real mission: to retrieve the computer code and repeat the secret experiment that started the fatal cloaking accident. Picard discovers there was a mutiny on the Pegasus, covered up by intelligence. The Enterprise finds the Pegasus in an asteroid fissure and hides from an approaching Romulan warbird so they can return alone later - but finds it partially materialized inside the rock. When Pressman and Riker find the experiment inside, Will must make up his mind, but they're not alone. Written by KGF Vissers

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8 January 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Part of this script is used as the basis of the series finale for Star Trek: Enterprise (2001). Both Riker and Troi reprise their roles more than a decade after shooting this episode. See more »


When Admiral Pressman described the Pegasus, he called it a prototype. When we see the ship trapped in the asteroid, the registry number is NCC-53847. A prototype would have an "X" designation, so it should have been listed as NCCX-53847. See more »


[last lines]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: You made a mistake twelve years ago. But your service since then has earned you a great deal of respect, but this incident could cost you some of that respect.
Commander William T. Riker: I can't help but feel that I should have come forward a long time ago.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: But when the moment came to make a decision, you made the right one. You chose to tell the truth and face the consequences. So long as you can still do that, then you deserve to wear that uniform. And I will still be proud to have you as my First Officer.
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Referenced in After Trek: Context Is for Kings (2017) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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17 August 2018 | by M_ExchangeSee all my reviews

A previous reviewer named "anoldblackmarble" absolutely nailed it. Especially during this season the captain does fake outrage then throws away his convictions when it suits him.

This episode has such an intriguing and engaging backstory that I was leaning toward rating it positively despite my misgivings about the captain and the crew's hypocrisy. But just as I was nearing the completion of the "Lower Decks," WHICH IS JUST A FEW SHOWS AFTER THIS ONE, I noticed that almost immediately after Riker notifies Picard, "launching a probe in a Cardassian space would be a treaty violation," he ORDERS WORF TO LAUNCH A PROBE. WTF?!?! So he wants to pontificate about the RIGHTEOUSNESS of such things only when he has personal misgivings about someone?

Frankly, it just makes the captain and even this entire series seem a bit ridiculous. Sorry.

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