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Power Play 

A long-lost ship is found on a planet where cosmic storms prevented detection for 200 years. When a surface landing goes wrong, the away team is beamed back...with a few extra surprises.


David Livingston


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Rene Balcer (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »


Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Rosalind Chao ... Keiko O'Brien
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Michelle Forbes ... Ensign Ro Laren
Ryan Reid Ryan Reid ... Transporter Technician
Majel Barrett ... Enterprise Computer (voice)




The end of two centuries of storms on a planet allows the Enterprise to discover the USS Essex, a Federation starship missing for that long, and investigate its system. Riker is the only one of his away team on a moon who, after having been knocked unconscious by another electric storm and touched by an electric phenomenon, remains himself: suddenly Troi, O'Brien and even Data, apparently possessed by aliens, grab their guns on the bridge and take five hostages, including Keiko and her baby, demanding that the ship steer to the southern pole, where the Essex is. Picard has himself exchanged for the five and Dr. Crusher figures out the away team was probably affected by an ionic phenomenon, which didn't affect Riker because of his wound-caused pain, which inspires Geordi to prepare and man a pain-gun. Written by KGF Vissers

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Troi the Terrorist
2 September 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

When an away team which includes O'Brien, Data, Troi, and Riker encounter a severe storm on the surface of a planet, they start to beam up but are knocked unconscious before this can happen. While passed out, three little spots of light enter the bodies of three of them. Riker is spared and recovers quickly, though he has a broken arm. He has all four beamed aboard. It isn't long before the aforementioned gain control of the ship. They are ruthless and cruel. O'Brien, of course, doesn't recognize Keiko or his own daughter. They eventually take over 10-Forward and hold hostages after injuring several of them. Deanna seems to be the one in charge while Data is the most unstable. He particularly despises Worf an tries to get into a confrontation but the big Klingon resists. The remainder of the episode involves a plot to take of 10-Forward and disable the invaders. Unfortunately, there are many pitfalls along the way as these characters seem to be one step ahead of the crew. The conclusion is very satisfying, making this one of the better episodes.

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22 February 1992 (USA) See more »

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