Summary

The Ferengi DaiMon Bok requests a meeting with Captain Picard. To Picard's surprise, the Ferengi has a gift for him: his old ship, the USS Stargazer. Picard and his crew abandoned the ship nine years earlier, after destroying a then unknown vessel that had attacked without provocation. Actually, the vessel was commanded by Bok's son.

Bok now wants to take revenge. He uses a device to induce pain in Picard's head and to make him relive the battle, this time against the Enterprise. Picard performs his famous "Picard Maneuver", but Data outwits the captain's tactic. Riker manages to break through to Picard, who destroys the device and ends the pain. Bok is removed from his command because of his unprofitable actions.

Errors and Explanations

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Continuity

  1. Just before the Ferengi beam over, the crew is shown standing at parade rest, hands clasped behind their backs. The next shot shows them from behind, with their hands at their sides. They could easily have shifted their hands during the shot change.
  2. After the Enterprise discovers the drifting USS Stargazer, there's a space shot of the Enterprise with the Stargazer just a few hundred meters below it, but in the next space shot, the Stargazer is shown by itself with the Enterprise nowhere near it. The camera angle makes it appear the gap has increased.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs

  1. The Enterprise locks a tractor beam onto the Stargazer while its shields are up. This procedure is not uncommon. What usually disrupts a tractor beam is a remodulation of the shields, not the shields themselves.

Plot holes

  1. Standard procedure for a Federation ship being abandoned is to set the auto-destruct. Picard clearly didn't do this with the Stargazer, but somehow escaped official reprimand, since he's now commanding a top-of-the-line ship. Either a) the auto-destruct system was rendered non operational due to battle damage, b) there were not enough senior officers available to initiate the procedure or c) a combination of the two.
  2. DaiMon Bok transports back to his own ship from the Stargazer, but no-one can transport while the shields are up. He probably programmed the transporter systems on either the Stargazer or his own ship - or both - to transport him through the sensor windows in the shields.
  3. It is stated later in the series that Betazoids cannot read the minds of species with uncommon brain anatomy, including the Ferengi. However, Deanna Troi is able to sense deception and evil intent on the part of Daimon Bok. She probably recognised something in the tone of Bok's voice, and the reaction to his statements from his officers.

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Plot Oversights

  1. Starfleet towing the Stargazer to the nearest starbase. As shown in The Emissary, tractor beams can operate at warp speeds, thus allowing a warp drive equipped tug to deliver the Stargazer at Faster than light speeds.
  2. Apparently fast approval of the tow ship. Picard could have requested it as soon as the Stargazer arrived.
  3. Riker not using precision phaser fire or the prefix code to defeat the Picard Maneuver. The Stargazer has too many phasers to disable in one go, and the Ferengi could have found a way to prevent anyone using the prefix code, possibly by incorporating a jamming signal in the communication feeds.

Continuity/Production Problems

  1. The ghost crew wearing Next Generation style uniforms, while Jack Crusher wore a movie era uniform, without undershirt - as seen in Yesterday's Enterprise - when he recorded the holomessage seen in Family. There is a six year gap between Jack recording the holomessage in 2349, and the loss of the Stargazer in 2355, which gives plenty of time for the introduction on a new style of uniform.[N 1]

Movie Mistakes

Corrections

  1. Riker refers to Bok as captain, when in fact the commanding officer on a Ferengi vessel is Daimon. True, but Daimon is the Ferengi equivalent of a Starfleet Captain. Corrected by Cubs Fan

Nit Central

  1. Hans Thielman on Tuesday, November 24, 1998 - 12:56 pm: Other then being court-martialed, what exactly did Picard do between commanding the Stargazer and assuming command of the Enterprise D? He most likely took a period of leave, followed by a number of shore assignements.
  2. Keith Alan Morgan on Sunday, April 18, 1999 - 08:17 am: So why would an Acting Ensign be allowed to play around with the long range sensors? Most likely part of his on-the-job training.
  3. Bok is using a "Thought Maker" on Picard. To be effective this device must be broadcasting at or around the wavelengths of Picard's thoughts. If a machine can be developed to transmit on the frequency of thoughts it would be even easier to build a device to block the transmission of thoughts. Therefore Data will be incorrect in Night Terrors when he states that there is no known technology for blocking telepathy. The technology Bok used was illegal, so any other examples, as well as any derived technology, would have been banned.
  4. Will on Monday, March 04, 2002 - 10:25 am: The Stargazer looks like it's been in a fight, but not enough to abandon ship. The Constellation from TOS looked much worse off. As stated elsewhere, such as entry tv3008 on the Movie Mistakes website, a lot of the minor damage was repaired by the Ferengi after they found the ship.
  5. Rob Hoskins on Saturday, October 12, 2002 - 1:13 pm: How come the Counselor Troi can all of a sudden: "Sence considerable deception on Bok's part...and danger". Whats up with that, just before that in "The Last Outpost" Deanna couldn't get anything from the Ferengi at all. She's probably making an educated guess.
  6. steve McKinnon (Steve) on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 8:31 am: Daimon Bok said he was a wealthy man, and it took his entire fortune to acquire the two mind control globes. Word of advice: save a lot more money and just buy a phaser to kill Picard. Elliminate your son's killer and keep your money - win-win situation. No it isn't - to get away with it, he would have to destroy the Enterprise, while ensuring no one can escape, so there aren't any witnesses who can report him to Starfleet for murder.

Notes

  1. The early TNG Style uniform was probably introduced before Jack died in 2354, as Picard was wearing it in the flashback showing him delivering Jack's body to Starbase 32, seen in Violations.


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