Episode 256: "Gambit, Part " 

After Picard disappears during an archeological trip, the crew is told that the captain was vaporized by a group of mercenaries who attacked him in a bar on Dessica II. While the Enterprise-D crew prepares for a memorial service, Riker now acting captain asks for and receives permission from Admiral Chekote to investigate Picard's death. Riker learns from an Yridian trader named Yranac, a witness to the crime, that the alleged murderers have moved on to the Barradas system, so he takes the Enterprise-D there and finds one M-Class planet. Over Data's objections, Riker leads an away team to the surface where they find ruins of an ancient Debrune outpost. The team is attacked by the mercenaries, who take Riker captive and beam away with him.
On board the mercenary ship, Riker is greeted by the group's leader, Arctus Baran, who implants the prisoner with a neural servo capable of inflicting great pain. Riker is astounded to discover that Picard is aboard the ship, alive and well, posing as a smuggler named Galen. Seizing an opportunity to talk alone, Picard explains to Riker that while on an expedition, he found that a site had been looted and practically destroyed, so he wanted to search out who was responsible. He tracked down the mercenaries to the bar on Dessica II, asked too many questions and was taken captive. Rather than being "vaporized," Picard was actually beamed away by weapons that activate their transporter. He then convinced his captors that he was a smuggler who was an expert on appraising relics, so that he could stay on board and learn why they are stealing Romulan artifacts. Believing that Baran is looking for something specific that he's keeping to himself, Picard tells Riker to get close to Baran and gain his confidence.

Meanwhile on the Enterprise, Data surmises that the next target for a mercenary raid will be Calder II, which has a small Federation outpost with limited defenses, so as acting captain he sets a course for that planet. Picard learns that Baran's next objective is indeed the Sakethan burial mounds on Calder II, and points out that it's defended by Starfleet. Baran expects they can destroy the outpost, but Picard convinces him to avoid violence by using Riker to help them get through Federation controls. When the mercenary ship reaches Calder II, they encounter problems with their raid, so Baran orders the Starfleet outpost destroyed. But the Enterprise arrives on the scene and fires upon them. Baran prepares to engage in combat with the starship.

Production: 256
Season: 7 Episode: 4
Original Air Date: 10.11.1993
Stardate: 47135.2
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
Richard Lynch as Baran
Robin Curtis as Tallera
Caitlin Brown as Vekor
Alan Altshuld as Yranac
Bruce Gray as Admiral Chekote
Cameron Thor as Narik
Robin Curtis is one of only 32 actors or actresses to have starred in both the original "Star Trek" (1966) (up to and including Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)) and then in one of the spin-offs.

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                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                              
                       "Gambit, Part I" 
                          #40277-256 
                              
                           Story by 
                      Christopher Hatton 
                              and 
                         Naren Shankar 
                              
                          Teleplay by 
                         Naren Shankar 
                              
                          Directed by 
                        Peter Lauritson 
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                         FINAL DRAFT
                        JULY 26, 1993
         STAR TREK: "Gambit, Part I" - 07/26/93 - CAST 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                       "Gambit, Part I" 
                             CAST                               
                              
                PICARD             BARAN
                RIKER              BARTENDER
                DATA               CHEKOTE
                BEVERLY            GIUSTI
                TROI               NARIK
                WORF               SANDERS
                GEORDI             TALLERA
                COMPUTER VOICE     VEKOR
                                   YRANAC
                                   TRANSPORTER CHIEF (V.O.)
                Non-Speaking       Non-Speaking
                  N.D. SECURITY      N.D. BAR PATRONS
                  N.D. CREWMEMBERS   
         STAR TREK: "Gambit, Part I" - 07/26/93 - SETS 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                       "Gambit, Part I" 
                       
                             SETS 
            INTERIORS                  EXTERIORS
          
            USS ENTERPRISE             USS ENTERPRISE
              BRIDGE
              READY ROOM               MERCENARY SHIP
              RIKER'S QUARTERS
              OBSERVATION LOUNGE       PLANET SURFACE -
              SICKBAY                    CLEARING
              YRANAC'S QUARTERS
          
            DESSICA TWO
              BAR
          
            MERCENARY SHIP
              BRIDGE
              RIKER'S QUARTERS
  STAR TREK: "Gambit, Part I" - 07/26/93 - PRONUNCIATION GUIDE 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                       "Gambit, Part I" 
                         
                      PRONUNCIATION GUIDE 
                  BARAN           buh-RAN
                  BARRADAS        buh-RAD-us
                  DEBRUNE         deh-BROON
                  DESSICAN        DESS-i-kan
                  GIUSTI          JOOS-tee
                  GLYPH           GLIFF
                  NAFIR           nah-FEAR
                  NARIK           NAH-rick
                  SAKETHAN        suh-KETH-en
                  TALLERA         ta-LARE-uh
                  VEKOR           veh-KORE
                  YADALLA         yuh-DOLL-uh
                  YRANAC          yuh-RAN-ick


 

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