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Conspiracy
Stardate 41775.5
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 25 (1.25)

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
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:
Henry Darrow   IMDB   Admiral Savar
Ward Costello   IMDB   Admiral Gregory Quinn
Robert Schenkkan   IMDB   Lt. Commander Dexter Remmick
Ray Reinhardt   IMDB   Admiral Aaron
Jonathan Farwell   IMDB   Captain Walker Keel
Michael Berryman   IMDB   Captain Rixx
Ursaline Bryant   IMDB   Captain Tryla Scott
Music:
Dennis McCarthy   IMDB
Director:
Cliff Bole   IMDB
Teleplay:
Tracy Tormé   IMDB
Story:
Robert Sabaroff   IMDB
Published
Laser Disc   ST:TNG LaserDisc Volume 13
DVD   ST:TNG DVD 1.7
VHS   ST:TNG VHS 1.8
Teaser
The Next Generation Teaser #025: Conspiracy

While journeying to Pacifica, the U.S.S. Enterprise receives an emergency message for Captain Picard from Starfleet Captain Walker Keel, who requests a secret meeting.
Synopsis
At a rendezvous on an uninhabited planet, Captain Keel and two other Starfleet officers tell Picard that they suspect a growing conspiracy in the upper ranks of Starfleet.

Alarmed by Keel's accusations, Picard orders Lieutenant Commander Data to review all Starfleet directives during the past six months. Picard's concern escalates when Keel's vessel mysteriously explodes, killing all aboard, and Data's research reveals abnormalities in the highest levels of the Starfleet command.

Convinced the Federation's security is at risk, Picard steers the Enterprise toward Earth to confront Starfleet's top admirals. After requesting a meeting with the officers, Picard and Riker are invited to dinner to discuss the problem.

Prior to dinner, Admiral Quinn, who several months earlier had warned Picard that subversive elements had invaded Starfleet, visits the U.S.S. Enterprise. Suspicious of the admiral, Picard orders Riker to watch him closely before joining him on Earth. Picard's instincts turn out to be correct: as soon as Picard beams down to join the other admirals, Quinn attacks Riker, rendering him unconscious.

After Lt. Worf and Dr. Crusher join forces to subdue the incredibly powerful Admiral Quinn, they discover that a parasitic being has invaded Quinn's body and it is controlling all of his brain functions. When Riker regains consciousness, he beams down to Earth, pretending to be one of the parasitic-controlled beings.

At the dinner, Riker realizes that the Starfleet command is controlled by the parasites. Fortunately, he and Picard are able to kill the parasitic-infested admirals, as well as the species' mother creature. However, Data later discovers that the mother creature sent a homing beacon to an unexplored region of our galaxy before being destroyed...
Reviews

By Dark Materia on 13 Dec 2002 14:11:48
This conspiracy thing is a good idea but it could have been done a lot better in the later seasons. The fight with Quinn is oddly amusing, as is the explosion of Commander Remmick. You can still hear me giggeling at the nail-bitingly scary alien parasites from time to time. And WHY were they eating maggots?

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