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The Wounded 

After being fired upon by a Cardassian vessel, Picard races against time to find out the facts behind the Cardassian commander's claim that the Federation attacked one of their outposts.


Chip Chalmers


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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 ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher (credit only)
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Bob Gunton ... Capt. Benjamin Maxwell
Rosalind Chao ... Keiko O'Brien
Marc Alaimo ... Gul Macet
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Marco Rodríguez ... Glin Telle
Time Winters ... Glin Daro
John Hancock ... Adm. Haden


The Federation is on the verge of war with the Cardassians after a Starship under the command of Captain Benjamin Maxwell attacks a Cardassian science outpost, destroying it and killing everyone there. Captain Picard is ordered to find Maxwell and take whatever steps necessary to stop him. The Cardassians are cautious and their captain, Gul Macet, doesn't quite believe Picard will hunt down one of his own. Picard for his part will do his duty but finds it hard to believe that a Starship captain would attack without reason. Chief O'Brien served with Maxwell and knows that his family was killed many years before in a Cardassian attack. He also knows that Maxwell is a very able captain who would not seek revenge. When Maxwell destroys a Cardassian cargo ship, Picard realizes he must be stopped before there is all-out war. Written by garykmcd

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The beverage "kanar" (ordered by a Cardassian in Ten Forward) was later established by Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) to be the Cardassian booze of choice. See more »


When Captain Picard orders Worf to continue firing phasers, you hear the sound of photon torpedoes being fired instead. See more »


Capt. Benjamin Maxwell: What the hell has happened to this war?
Chief Miles O'Brien: Sir... There is - no - war. The war is over!
Capt. Benjamin Maxwell: You're wrong. The Cardassians live to make war.
Chief Miles O'Brien: That's what everybody thinks about the enemy. That's probably what they think about *us*.
Capt. Benjamin Maxwell: We're not the same at all. We do not *start* wars. We do not make surprise attacks on manned outposts. We do not butcher women and children in their homes! Children... who never had the chance to grow up.
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References Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Past wars and inner rage
20 March 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

I have to confess that the Cardassians have never been my cup of tea; it's part of the reason I've never taken to Deep Space Nine. As I understand it, 'The Wounded' serves as their official introduction, and it's evident why Marc Alaimo was brought back later in a larger role; the guy's got screen presence, heavy makeup notwithstanding.

The virtues of this episode lie in the acting and writing, both well done. We've seen a rogue starship captain before, but Capt. Maxwell (Bob Gunton, making the most of a one-shot) isn't a typical sufferer of space madness. This is a grief-stricken skipper who doesn't accept a peace treaty as a reason to stand down. And who better to talk him down than former crewman Chief I'Brien (great use of a minor character). Theirs is a powerful bonding scene between two comrades in arms, and it's a heartfelt story overall.


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