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Stardate 41723.9 A Ferengi captain, Bok, offers to return the Starfleet vessel Stargazer, the ship which was Captain Picard's first command. Strangely, Bok asks for no compensation for the vessel which Captain Picard had abandoned during the battle of Maxia. However, Bok’s ulterior motive is revenge on Picard for the death of his son during that battle. Bok tells the crew that the Stargazer’s log show that Picard really fired on an unarmed Ferengi ship in the famous “Battle of Maxia.”

Bok has also planted a mind control device on the Stargazer. The device causes Picard, after he beams back to the Stargazer, to believe he is back fighting the battle of Maxia, and believing the Enterprise is the opposing Ferengi vessel.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x9
Production Number: 110
Airdate: Monday November 16th, 1987

Director: Rob Bowman
Story: Larry Forrester
Teleplay: Herbert Wright

Alternate Airdates:

CA (Télé-Québec) Nov 16, 1987
UK (BBC TWO) Nov 07, 1990
FR (BBC TWO) Nov 07, 1990

  • Currently 7.8/10
7.8/10 (6 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Frank CorsentinoFrank Corsentino
As DaiMon Bok
Main Cast
Patrick StewartPatrick Stewart
As Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan FrakesJonathan Frakes
As Commander William T. Riker
LeVar BurtonLeVar Burton
As Lieutenant/Lt. Commander Geordi LaForge
Michael DornMichael Dorn
As Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFaddenGates McFadden
As Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina SirtisMarina Sirtis
As Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent SpinerBrent Spiner
As Lt. Commander Data
Denise CrosbyDenise Crosby
As Lt. Tasha Yar
Wil WheatonWil Wheaton
As Acting Ensign/Ensign Wesley Crusher
Episode Notes
Log Entries:
*Captain's Log, Stardate 41723.9. In response to a Starfleet order we are in the Xendi Sabu star system having rendezvoused with a Ferengi vessel which has requested a meeting. Although we arrived here and made appropriate signals to the Ferengi three days ago they have so far responded only with the message, "Stand by, Enterprise."
*Captain's Log, supplemental. Bok and his officers have returned to their vessel inviting us now to officially take possession of the Stargazer.

Episode References
Data: A tug will rendezvous with us and tow the Stargazer back to Xindi Starbase Nine.

The Xindi will be used "later on" in Star Trek: Enterprise as a running nemesis, much as the Klingons were to the original Star Trek, and the Ferengi were originally intended to be for ST:TNG.

ST:E, of course, is set well over 100 years before the events of ST:TNG, and thus represents a time before they had become members of the Federation, indeed, when The Federation was a newly minted entity.

Warning: Star Trek: The Next Generation season 1 episode 9 guide may contain spoilers
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