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Star trek: The next generation 1.05a - The battle

Stardate 41123.9
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Episode propaganda

As the Enterprise prepares to rendezvous with a Ferengi vessel Picard finds himself with a mysterious headache for which no cause can be found. When the Ferengi leader, Damon Bok (Frank Corsentino) beams over with his staff, he seems to know Picard.

Suddenly, sensors detect a Constellation class vessel approaching. Bok explains that it was a derelict, which he is returning to Picard as a gift to the Hero of Maxia. It's his old ship, the USS Stargazer. The Battle of Maxia is the Ferengi name for Picard's fight with a then unidentified ship, just before abandoning the Stargazer.

Picard explains about the incident to the bridge crew, including his now legendary Picard Manoeuvre. After the Stargazer is declared safe, Picard beams over. Then his headache suddenly gets worse...

Persons of interest

  • Patrick Stewart .... Captain Jean-Luc Picard
  • Jonathan Frakes .... Commander Will Riker
  • Michael Dorn .... Lieutenant Worf
  • Brent Spiner .... Lieutenant Commander Data
  • Gates McFadden .... Commander Doctor Beverly Crusher
  • Marina Sirtis .... Lieutenant Commander Counsellor Deanna Troi
  • LeVar Burton .... Commander Geordi La Forge
  • Wil Wheaton .... Wesley Crusher
  • Denise Crosby .... Lieutenant Natasha "Tasha" Yar
  • Majel Barrett .... USS Enterprise-D computer voice
  • Frank Corsentino .... Damon Bok
  • Doug Warhit .... Kazago
  • Robert Towers .... Rata
  • Larry Forrester .... Storywriter
  • Herbert Wright .... Screenwriter
  • Robert Bowman .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

History, coming back to bite you on the bum. That's the fun thing about having an interesting past, all sorts of interesting events are going to come back to haunt you, or in this case, to haunt Jean-Luc Picard.

The battle is the first Next generation episode to show in any detail the history of any of its characters and, rather than leave it there, it also shows the effect of that history. That's a good thing. A bad thing is that the Ferengi are still slavering capitalists. Capitalists would be ok, it's the slavering that gets to me. They are so obviously baddies (goodies never slaver) that they are unbelievable as people. Life is not black and white.

Security censorship classification

PG

Not for public release in Australia before date

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