Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 7 Episode 4

Gambit (1)

4
Aired Unknown Oct 11, 1993 on CBS
8.4
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Stardate: 47135.2 An away team investigates the apparent death of Jean-Luc Picard who was supposedly killed in a bar fight. When Riker is abducted by a band of criminals who loot archaeological digs, he is shocked to find Picard alive and well, and undercover as a renegade archaeologist.moreless

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  • Gambit from X Men joins the Enterprise crew, but for some reason he keeps calling Picard a "Professor"...

    9.0
    This Riker episode is the TNG equivalent of "The Enterprise Incident" from the original series: an outside the box story exploring a genre the series had previously avoided. And despite a teaser idea nobody is going to believe, ("Picard was killed off-screen in-between episodes in the middle of the season") the story works because the Enterprise crew has no reason to doubt this, and we can't help but be swept away by their emotions. (It's also just plain fascinating to see TNG without Patrick Stewart even if it's only for a brief time.) While the crew is grieving, we as an audience are left with the mystery of what really happened; and it's fun to see the puzzle pieces come together as the episode backs into a space pirate story, reminiscent of "Buck Rogers" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark."



    And darned if "Galen" doesn't have the time of his life playing the bad boy!moreless
  • The first good episode of season 7.

    8.5
    Like "Time's Arrow", this two-parter is largely fluff. There's nothing deep here, just a convoluted adventure, and that's perfectly fine. Certainly, it tops "Birthright" and "Descent". It also manages to avoid "excessive set-up disease" - the setup's here, but it is plenty exciting. It's the kind of story we didn't see often on the show, with the Enterprise playing an at-most secondary role in the action. The combination of Picard and Riker is a potent one - particularly playing different roles. Baran provides an intriguing villain, very different from most of the other enemies we saw from time to time.



    Fun!moreless
  • The “Enterprise” crew investigates Picard’s disappearance. They are led to believe their Captain is dead. While preparing for the memorial service of the late Captain, Riker refuse to accept Picard’s Death and feels it should be justified,moreless

    9.8
    The “Enterprise” crew investigates Picard’s disappearance. They are led to believe their Captain is dead. While preparing for the memorial service of the late Captain, Riker refuse to accept Picard’s Death and feels it should be justified, So Riker asks Admiral Chekote for permission to investigate Picard’s Death. Riker assembles an away team to down to another planet where Picard was last seen. The away team is attacked by some renegade aliens. They take Riker as prisoner. Now Data is in command of “The Enterprise” and goes looking for Riker. I rate this one a 9.8moreless
  • I saw this episode last night. It is really a good one. A two-part episode this involved Picard going missing, and Riker helping out the criminals.

    10
    I saw this episode last night. It is really a good one. A two-part episode this involved Picard assumed to be dead, and both him and Riker helping out the criminals.



    The best part is when the pieces to the weapon are assembled and Picard figures out how to avoid it working on him.



    At the end, Riker says that he can't take orders from Picard because he is supposedly dead, so Picard says that they should take Riker to the brig because he "broke" many federation laws. Data then begins to take him away and it ends with him trying to explain that it only was a joke.moreless
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Trivia: While undercover, Picard takes the name of his old mentor, Professor Galen, seen in season 6's "The Chase."

    • When Data is in command of the ship at the bridge, and the other vessel begins to leave orbit, he asks his helmswoman, "Why was it not detected earlier?" She replies, "they could've been using the planet as a shield." Data accepts this answer. Data, being as informed as he is, would know better than just some regular officer.. why would he need to ask?

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  • NOTES (5)

    • Admiral Chekote (Bruce Gray) is one of only four characters to appear on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine before appearing on this series. The other three are Dr. Julian Bashir (Siddig El Fadil), Quark (Armin Shimerman) and Gul Evek (Richard Poe).

    • The T'Karath sanctuary and mention of the "underground sanctuary for one of the factions during the last civil war" that was also "abandoned for centuries" is a reference to the events of the Star Trek: Enterprise episodes "The Forge", "Awakening" and "Kir'Shara".

    • Bruce Gray reprises his role of Admiral Chekote from the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Circle", which aired the week prior to "Gambit."

    • Robin Curtis also appeared as Lieutenant Saavik in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock & Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

    • Admiral Chekote in this episode is of no relation to Cmdr. Chakotay of Star Trek: Voyager.

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