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The Pegasus 

Riker finds out his former commander from the starship Pegasus has orders that entail more than what is revealed to Picard, who thinks the Enterprise is en route to recover the lost ship. And Riker is ordered to secrecy.


LeVar Burton


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Ronald D. Moore | 2 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 ... Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Nancy Vawter Nancy Vawter ... Admiral Margaret Blackwell
Terry O'Quinn ... Admiral Eric Pressman
Michael Mack Michael Mack ... Commander Sirol


Picard quickly escapes starring as role model in the school's annual "Captain Picard Day" responding to a top-secret assignment from Admiral Eric Pressman, once Will Riker's captain aboard the starship Pegasus. The Pegasus was lost 12 years ago and presumed destroyed, but in fact still in existence. The mission is to get to the ship before the Romulans (who have a three day head start) and prevent Enterprise-type technology falling into enemy hands. Only Will is told by Pressman of their real mission: to retrieve the computer code and repeat the secret experiment that started the fatal cloaking accident. Picard discovers there was a mutiny on the Pegasus, covered up by intelligence. The Enterprise finds the Pegasus in an asteroid fissure and hides from an approaching Romulan warbird so they can return alone later - but finds it partially materialized inside the rock. When Pressman and Riker find the experiment inside, Will must make up his mind, but they're not alone. Written by KGF Vissers

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8 January 1994 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The entries for "Captain Picard Day" were sourced from two local elementary schools and the children of property master Alan Sims. See more »


At the conclusion of the first encounter with the Romulan ship, Worf reports that the Romulans are resuming their tachyon scans of the asteroids. The Enterprise was unaware of the Romulan ship's activities or presence until it decloaked a few moments earlier, and so could not know if they were resuming what they had been doing before the encounter. See more »


Admiral Eric Pressman: So, how long have you had that beard?
Commander William T. Riker: About four years. I got tired of hearing how young I looked.
Admiral Eric Pressman: What was it that, uh... Lieutenant Boylen used to call you?
Commander William T. Riker: Ensign Babyface!
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: The First Duty (1992) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Another Renegade Admiral
12 October 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

It would seem that the screening process for high level officers in starfleet isn't very successful. A former Captain, Pressman, from the Pegasus finds himself aboard the Enterprise and there he meets his former ensign, Will Riker. There is immediate dislike between the two men. It turns out that something happened aboard the Pegasus in the past and actions taken by the captain and Riker had dire consequences. As a matter of fact, the crew of the doomed ship mutinied. Riker, now more seasoned, wishes to put this behind him, but Pressman wants to find the ship, which is in dangerous Romulan territory, and complete an experiment he failed at during those early days. He enlists Riker and forces him to promise he will not reveal the mission. Somehow, this guy has gotten the higher ups to allow him free reign in his efforts, not knowing his real motives. Star Trek is littered with unstable former captains and officers.

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