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The Vengeance Factor 

The Enterprise pursues a race of "gatherers" who continue to raid Federation outposts, unaware of the dangers lurking among them.


Timothy Bond


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Sam Rolfe | 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
Lisa Wilcox ... Yuta
Joey Aresco ... Brull
Nancy Parsons ... Sovereign Marouk
Stephen Lee ... Chorgan
Marc Lawrence ... Volnath
Elkanah Burns Elkanah Burns ... Temarek (as Elkanah J. Burns)


The Enterprise is transporting the Sovereign Marouk in an attempt to get a break away group of her people to return to the fold, so to speak. They broke away almost 100 years ago and and are now known as the Gatherers, a band of scavengers forever raiding and scavenging anything they can get their hands on. Marouk is prepared to offer them an amnesty but there is a great deal of mistrust between them. Commander Riker meanwhile takes an interest in Marouk's cook Yuta, but the attention of the crew is diverted to finding a saboteur when one of the Gatherers is killed. Written by garykmcd

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Volnath's armor is made of recycled Borg costuming from Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q Who (1989). See more »


When Riker and he Away Team vaporized the nearby duranium scrap metal to block the field of view of the attacking Gatherers, the cloud of gaseous duranium created would have been 2314 degrees in temperature (as Commander Data had just said). The Gatherers who then walked through that cloud would have burst into flames for doing so. See more »


Lieutenant Worf: [to Acamarians] Your ambushes would be more successful if you bathed more often!
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Referenced in After Trek: Choose Your Pain (2017) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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A mission of reconciliation
6 December 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Enterprise is on a mission of reconciliation in this story. A group of free booting space pirates have been pillaging a section of space. They are a group who never accepted peace on their planet and have existed as nomads in space.

The ruler of their world Nancy Parsons is willing to talk with the pirate leader Stephen Lee with Captain Jean-Luc Picard in a role as mediator. It won't be easy. Like the British and Irish they've got some centuries of hate working against peace.

There's a bit of romance going with Commander Riker and the Parsons's servant/cook Lisa Wilcox. But Wilcox is working her own agenda in this episode and it isn't a beneficial one.

Jonathan Frakes and Lisa Wilcox have some tender scenes together and there is also a great scene with the very proper Wesley Crusher and pirate emissary Joey Aresco. Wil Wheaton does not get this guy at all.

It all ends sadly for two of the cast. But it looks like peace may have a chance.

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18 November 1989 (USA) See more »

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