Episode 159: "The Hunted" 

The U.S.S. Enterprise visits the planet Angosia, which recently emerged victorious from a lengthy war and is now seeking membership in the Federation. During the visit, a violent prisoner in Angosia's penal colony escapes and is later captured with the help of the crew. The escapee, Roga Danar, is detained aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise while repairs to the damaged prison can be completed.
Although Troi has been warned that Danar is extremely dangerous, she is drawn to him when she senses that he is being tortured by nightmares. Meeting with the prisoner, she comes to believe that he is inherently non-violent, despite his reputation.

A check of Danar's records reveals that he is a military prisoner who served Angosia honorably in the recent war. He informs Troi that when he volunteered for service, his government conducted intense psychological and biochemical modifications on him and his fellow soldiers. When the men, programmed for violence in any situation threatening their survival, had difficulty readjusting to civilian life, they were exiled to Lunar V.

Confronted by Picard with Danar's story, Angosian Prime Minister Nayrok basically tells him to mind his own business and insists that the prisoner be returned. Picard reluctantly informs Danar that he will be sent back to prison via a police shuttle.

But during the transfer, Danar hijacks the shuttle and returns to Lunar V, where he leads an assault on the prison. Nayrok then sends an urgent message to Picard, informing him that hundreds of rioting prisoners are headed for the Angosian capitol.

In response to Nayrok's pleas, Picard leads an Away Team to Angosia, where he finds Nayrok and the members of his senate arming themselves against an attack. Just then, Danar and his comrades burst in, but knowing that the veterans will not kill unless their own lives are threatened, Picard vows that he and his crew will not fire upon the prisoners. Instead, Nayrok is urged to take steps to reprogram the soldiers and welcome them back into society only then, Picard asserts upon leaving Nayrok and Danar, will the Federation reconsider the planet's application for membership.

Production: 159
Season: 3 Episode: 11
Air Date: 01.08.1990
Stardate: 43489.2
Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes as William Riker
Brent Spiner as Data
LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn as Worf
Gates McFadden as Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi
Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher
Colm Meaney as Miles O'Brien
Jeff McCarthy as Roga Danar
James Cromwell as Nayrok
J. Michael Flynn as Zaynar
Andrew Bicknell as Wagnor
James Cromwell Bio:

Born in Los Angeles but raised in Manhattan and educated at Middlebury College and Carnegie Tech, James Cromwell - the son of noted film director John Cromwell - studied acting at Carnegie-Mellon. He went into the theater (like both his parents) doing everything from Shakespeare to experimental plays. He started doing TV in 1974, gaining some notice in a recurring role as Archie Bunker's buddy Stretch Cunningham in "All in the Family" (1971), made his film debut in 1976, and goes back to the stage periodically. Some of his more noted film roles have been in Revenge of the Nerds (1984) and the surprise hit about a charming pig, Babe (1995). He garnered some of the best reviews of his career - many of which said he should have received an Oscar - for his role as a corrupt, conniving police captain in L.A. Confidential (1997).

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STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION

"The Hunted"
#40273-159

Written by
Robin Bernheim

Directed by
Cliff Bole

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FINAL DRAFT

OCTOBER 25, 1989

STAR TREK: "The Hunted" - 10/25/89 - CAST

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION
"The Hunted"

CAST

PICARD                                             Angosians
RIKER                   PRIME MINISTER NAYROK
DATA                                                    ZAYNAR
BEVERLY                                  ROGA DANAR
TROI                                                                       
GEORDI                                                                
WORF                                                                  
WESLEY                                   Non-Speaking
                SEVERAL ATTRACTIVE WOMEN
O'BRIEN           12 PRISONERS/VETERANS
                       10 GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

Non-Speaking
SEVERAL SECURITY GUARDS
TRANSPORTER ENGINEER
OTHER ENGINEERING PERSONNEL

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