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Power Play 

A long-lost ship is found on a planet where cosmic storms prevented detection for 200 years. When a surface landing goes wrong, the away team is beamed back...with a few extra surprises.


David Livingston


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Rene Balcer (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »




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
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Rosalind Chao ... Keiko O'Brien
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Michelle Forbes ... Ensign Ro Laren
Ryan Reid Ryan Reid ... Transporter Technician
Majel Barrett ... Enterprise Computer (voice)


The end of two centuries of storms on a planet allows the Enterprise to discover the USS Essex, a Federation starship missing for that long, and investigates its system. Riker is the only one of his away team on a moon who, after having been knocked unconscious by another electric storm and touched by an electric phenomenon, remains himself: suddenly Troi, O'Brien and even Data, apparently possessed by aliens, grab their guns on the bridge and taken five hostages, including Keiko and her baby, demanding the ship steers to the southern pole, where the Essex is. Picard has himself exchanged for the five and Dr. Crusher figures out the away team was probably affected by an ionic phenomenon, which didn't affect Riker because of his wound-caused pain, which inspires Geordi to prepare and man a pain-gun... Written by KGF Vissers

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22 February 1992 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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This takes place in 2368. See more »


The three host bodies removed the com devices to stop being tracked easily in the turbo lift. The three were shown without the devices and the devices were shown on the floor of the turbo lift. In 10-forward, all three are wearing the com devices again. Correction: The three are seen collecting the com badges of everyone else in 10-forward, and they each put one of these on themselves. See more »


[last lines]
Chief Miles O'Brien: If I could have killed that thing inside me, I would have.
Keiko O'Brien: [holding Molly in her arms] I know. We both know!
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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers
8 May 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

Energy sprites take over the bodies of Data, Troi, and O'Brien after a hazardous away mission; who then try to commandeer the Enterprise. These aren't characters you'd normally expect to see violently overthrowing the ship's command, which is the real attention-getter of 'Power Play'. Naturally, I thought it was eerie seeing Data speak and behave like a snotty human being.

Packed with action, this relies on Picard's quick thinking' and it's entertaining despite the convenient ending.


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