Saturday, May 18, 2019

Power Play

TNG Season 5 Episode 15
Air Date: February 24th, 1992

Investigating a distress signal from the USS Essex, a ship lost 172 years ago, Counselor Troi detects a presence on the surface. Since they wouldn't be able to transport back, they take a shuttle but the storms cause it to crash. O'Brien decides to transport down (a 50/50 chance of success) and use pattern enhancers to make the return trip. But when they transport back, O'Brien, Troi and Data are all possessed.

Once they are discovered they take over ten forward and demand that the Enterprise be moved over the south pole. They tell Picard that they are the souls of the crew of the Essex and that they just want peace. But Picard realizes that they are lying and traps their friends down below and holds them hostage. This is when we learn that they are prisoners that were trapped on the planet. He promises to send them back if they give up O'Brien, Troi and Data.


"Are you afraid?" - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"I have no fear of death." - Lt. Worf
"And I have no fear of killing you!" - Lt. Cmdr. Data

"Sir, putting you down there only strengthens their position." - Cmdr. Riker
"Number One, so long as they're on board this ship, I'm a hostage no matter where I am. We all are." - Captain Picard

"Lieutenant, I must apologize for my inadvertent misconduct toward you." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"No apology necessary." - Lt. Worf
"Your restraint was most remarkable." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"You have no idea." - Lt. Worf

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