A Ferengi captain returns the abandoned Stargazer to its former captain, Jean-Luc Picard. Picard, who experiences severe headaches, begins to relive the “Battle of Maxia” in which he lost the ship.
Review: Another good episode here, and one and first with the Ferengi. Gerengi and the Enterprise meet up. While waiting, finally, the Ferengi reveal the purpose of their trip is to return to the Federation the USS Stargazer, a ship that Picard had once on and for which he was credited with a particularly important maneuver, one that is now taught in battle tactics at the Academy. “The Picard Maneuver.” Picard is please to see his old ship but he has been suffering from headaches lately and while Dr. Crusher is concerned, the Captain just goes on as usual. Picard’s condition worsens as it is revealed a member of the Ferengi crew is out to avenge the death of his son in the battle for which Picard gained such recognition. It’s left to Commander Riker and his Ferengi counterpart to sort it all out. What is cool is they figure out a way to stop the Picard Maneuver when Picard is under the influence of the Ferengi. In the end, they are saved again!
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Quote of the episode: “Very strange, Number One. Like going back to the house you grew up in, but no one’s home – except phantoms of the past.” – Captain Picard
Season 1, Episode 9
Prod #: ST:TNG 110
Air Date: 11.16.87