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The Arsenal of Freedom
Stardate 41798.2
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 21 (1.21)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

         
Cast:
Patrick Stewart   IMDB   Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes   IMDB   Commander William T. Riker
Levar Burton   IMDB   Lieutenant JG Geordi La Forge
Denise Crosby   IMDB   Lieutenant Tasha Yar
Michael Dorn   IMDB   Lieutenant JG Worf
Gates McFadden   IMDB   Commander Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis   IMDB   Lt. Commander Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner   IMDB   Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton   IMDB   Wesley Crusher
Guest Cast:
Vincent Andrew Schiavelli   IMDB   The Peddler
Marco Rodriguez   IMDB   Captain Paul Rice
Vyto Ruginis   IMDB   Lieutenant Logan
Julia Nickson-Soul   IMDB   Ensign Lian T'Su
George de la Pena   IMDB   Lieutenant JG Orfil Solis
Music:
Dennis McCarthy   IMDB
Director:
Les Landau   IMDB
Teleplay:
Richard Manning   IMDB
Hans Beimler   IMDB
Story:
Maurice Hurley   IMDB
Robert Lewin   IMDB
Published
Laser Disc   ST:TNG LaserDisc Volume 11
DVD   ST:TNG DVD 1.6
VHS   ST:TNG VHS 1.7
Teaser
The Next Generation Teaser #021: The Arsenal of Freedom

While investigating the disappearance of the U.S.S. Drake on the planet Minos, the crew battles aggressive energy spheres, swallowing sinkholes and invisible attackers.
Synopsis
Arriving at Minos, the crew is met by a prerecorded sales pitch for highly-advanced weaponry. This is not surprising, however, since the Minos people were renowned arms dealers during the Erselrope wars.

While exploring the planet Riker, Data and Yar are attacked by an energy sphere. Lieutenant Yar destroys the sphere, but not before it traps Riker in a transparent cube. Then, after Picard and Dr. Crusher beam down to investigate the crisis, the ground swallows them into a subterranean cavern, seriously injuring Dr. Crusher.

Although Data is able to free Riker, the away team is unable to locate Picard and Crusher. Meanwhile, the U.S.S. Enterprise comes under serious attack by an invisible enemy, which La Forge desperately fights to contain. Until the ship can adequately defend itself from the attacker, La Forge cannot beam up the crew members on Minos.

Back on the planet, Data finally locates Picard and Crusher. The team discovers that the attacks are coming from a computer-generated weaponry system which has gone out of control and has destroyed the civilization that created it. Fortunately, the team is able to turn the system off in time to save the planet... and themselves.

On board the U.S.S. Enterprise, La Forge is able to destroy the invisible enemy and beam Picard, Crusher, Riker, Data and Yar aboard.
Reviews

By Dark Materia on 13 Dec 2002 14:09:50
A fairly action packed episode. Has both a space battle (with saucer seperation!) and some ground phaser dueling. Picard and Beverly Crusher get stuck together in a dark place, but I doesn't really get too interesting at any point. Seeing LaForge in command of the Enterprise is a definete plus.

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