Stardate 44429.6: Captain Maxwell of the U.S.S. Phoenix has severed contact with Starfleet and the Phoenix has been raiding the vessels of Cardassians, a race once at war with the Federation but now peaceful under an uneasy treaty. Picard discovers that Captain Maxwell believes he has good reason to continue these attacks.
teleplay by Jeri Taylor
story by Stuart Charno & Sara Charno and Cy Chermak
directed by Chip Chalmers
music by Dennis McCarthy
Guest Cast: Bob Gunton (Captain Ben Maxwell), Rosalind Chao (Keiko), Marc Alaimo (Gul Macet), Colm Meaney (O’Brien), Marco Rodriguez (Glinn Telle), Time Winters (Glinn Daro), John Hancock (Admiral Henry)
Notes: This episode introduces the Cardassians, who would later be seen in Ensign Ro and Chain Of Command, and would become central to the mythology of the spinoff series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
LogBook entry by Earl Green