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Star trek: The next generation 1.11a - The arsenal of freedom

Stardate 41798.2
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Episode propaganda

The Enterprise arrives at Minos in search of the missing USS Drake. Minos was renowned during the long past Ersalrope wars as a prominent weapons manufacturer. Hailed by an automated retailer (Vincent Schiavelli), an away team beams down.

On the surface, Riker sees an image of the Drake's captain, his old friend Paul Rice (Marco Rodriguez). The image turns into a small hovering device, encasing Riker in a force field. Picard and Beverly beam down to help, leaving Geordi in command. Then a second device attacks the team.

As Geordi prepares to retrieve the away team, a similar but larger device decloaks in orbit just long enough to fire on the Enterprise, but not long enough to be targeted. Then a third device appears on the planet...

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
  • Vincent Schiavelli .... Salesman
  • Marco Rodriguez .... Captain Paul Rice
  • Vyto Ruginis .... Chief Engineer Logan
  • George de la Peña .... Lieutenant Orfil Solis
  • Julia Nickson .... Lieutenant Lian T'su
  • Maurice Hurley .... Storywriter
  • Robert Lewin .... Storywriter
  • Richard Manning .... Screenwriter
  • Hans Beimler .... Screenwriter
  • Les Landau .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

People who sell weapons deserve anything that happens to them. Without weapons there would be no wars. Without weapons there would be no genocide, no "ethnic cleansing", no pillaging... in fact, life would more worth living in a world without them.

You know what I mean.

The best part of Arsenal of freedom is when Geordi is put in command of the Enterprise. It's a new and testing experience for him (and his relatively untried crew) and it shows up his flaws as well as his talents. It also shows the amount of thought that has gone into Starfleet procedures: a subordinate officer can outrank a superior officer depending on their relative positions in the chain of command. I like procedures. It was also good to see Deanna doing more than sitting around sensing the obvious: both her challenge of the captain's decision to beam down to Minos and her support of Geordi (to whom she is superior) showed a decent depth of character.

Security censorship classification

PG (Adult themes, drug references)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Out now

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