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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 »




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
Nancy Vawter Nancy Vawter ... Adm. Margaret Blackwell
Terry O'Quinn ... Adm. Eric Pressman
Michael Mack Michael Mack ... Cmdr. 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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The Federation's attitude towards using a cloaking device represents a diametrical shift from that expressed in Star Trek: The Original Series: The Enterprise Incident (1968). In that episode, Starfleet, Kirk, and Spock had no qualms about stealing cloaking technology from the Romulans. See more »


When Admiral Pressman removes the cover from the cloaking device, he sets it aside behind him. Shortly afterward, Riker walks over as they talk, and the cover has moved to the right about 2 feet. See more »


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Admiral, if this passage narrows to less than 500 meters, I will abort the mission. You can charge me with insubordination if you wish, but I'm not going to risk the Enterprise for a salvage operation.
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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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"glowing letters of recommendation that tell you nothing"
12 June 2016 | by nebmacSee all my reviews

The problem with episodes revolving around a Big Secret is that they usually don't pack quite the same punch on subsequent viewings. Nevertheless, this is a well-done story that provides a glimpse into the dark side of the Federation and lays the groundwork (albeit indirectly) for a deeper examination of that topic in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

One of the highlights of the episode is seeing Riker get yelled at, separately, by both Picard and the admiral. Any viewer who's ever been caught in the crossfire between their boss and the boss' boss will certainly relate.

While I'm generally not into nitpicks, this one is too good to pass up: In one scene, Riker and the admiral are discussing the Big Secret in Ten-Forward (a.k.a. the ship's bar), making sure to emphasize that nobody must find out about it...within earshot of at least a dozen people. As the kids say these days, LOL.

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8 January 1994 (USA) See more »

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