Stardate 46682.4: The Enterprise stops at the Remler Array for a routine decontamination sweep. The sweep, however, requires the evacuation of the ship, since it will be conducted with a beam that is deadly to living tissue. At a nearby starbase, most of the crew tries to avoid Commander Hutchinson, an interminably boring officer hosting a reception. At the mention of horses on the planet, Picard decides to return to the Enterprise briefly to get his saddle, but while there, he notices that unauthorized modifications have been made by a team posing as starbase technicians. As the sweep begins with the aft end of the ship and moves slowly forward, Picard prepares to beam back to the starbase to warn security, but ship’s power is cut off due to the sweep, leaving Picard trapped on the ship with an unknown group of hostiles. Meanwhile, on the starbase, the rest of the Enterprise’s officers are taken hostage, and it becomes obvious that there is a well co-ordinated plan underway which involves the Enterprise.
written by Morgan Gendel
directed by Cliff Bole
music by Jay Chattaway
Guest Cast: David Spielberg (Commander Hutchinson), Marie Marshall (Kelsey), Tim Russ (Pel Orton), Glenn Morshower (Satler), Tom Nibley (Neil), Tim deZarn (Devor), Patricia Tallman (Kiros), Arlee Reed (Pomit), Alan Altshuld (Arkaria Base Guard), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)
LogBook entry by Earl Green