Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 6 Episode 18

Starship Mine

7
Aired Unknown Mar 29, 1993 on CBS
8.5
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Stardate: 46682.4 The crew evacuates the Enterprise when the ship needs to be cleaned of particles that have built up over the ship's hull. However, Picard accidentally stumbles over a terrorist group who are stealing highly toxic and instable waste matter from the Enterprise's engines. He only has a short time to stop their attempts before the ship is swept by a beam of radiation to remove the particles that is lethal to all forms of life.moreless

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  • Aliens invade a vacated Enterprise. But they didn't count on one man... John McClane. Oh, sorry, I meant Jean-Luc Picard.

    8.0
    This dark Picard episode is sort of a redone version of the first season's "11001001" this time with our beloved Captain facing a group of mercenaries in a "Die Hard" plot. The bravura role is perfect for Patrick Stewart, which is probably why the idea is revisited in TNG's second feature film (which, of course, benefits from a bigger budget). Unlike the movie, however, here the B story is a throwaway, just there to give the remainder of the Enterprise crew something to do. (It does give Brent Spiner the opportunity to flex his comedic muscles, as he and guest star David "Hutch" Spielberg try to outdo the other, seeing who can play it more over the top.) But the dark lighting on the Enterprise gives the episode a unique look, and the baryon sweep is an effective countdown clock making "Starship Mine" one of the more memorable episodes. (Oh, and Picard totally pwns Tuvok.)moreless
  • The “Enterprise” is docked at the orbiting Remmler Array. The “Enterprise” will be undergoing baryon sweep to remove deadly particles of baryon radiation. This baryon sweep is harmful to all life forms, so the crew must evacuate the ship.moreless

    9.6
    The “Enterprise” is docked at the orbiting Remmler Array. The “Enterprise” will be undergoing baryon sweep to remove deadly particles of baryon radiation. This baryon sweep is harmful to all life forms, so the crew must evacuate the ship. Picard is the last to leave. He arrives at the Arkaria Base on the planet below. Commander Hutchinson is hosting a reception on the planet. Picard is looking to get out of chatting with Hutchinson. Hutchinson mentions the horse trails on the planet. Picard returns to the ship to get his saddle. It seems there is scavengers conducting the sweep.moreless
  • Among the best action-oriented episodes TNG did.

    8.5
    This episode's teaser plays the boredom card pretty emphatically - Picard himself seems like he can't wait to get off the ship and be away from his senior crew. Little does he know that he'll get more excitement then he bargained for.



    Once Picard ends up battling the bandits who take over the Enterprise, the action doesn't let up. The writers throw us for plenty of loops, and also inject humor when appropriate. (Picard masquerading as Mott the barber... brilliant.) Maybe killing each of his adversaries was a little out of the Captain's character, but who cares!



    I suppose I should also mention Data's experiment with small talk. Brent Spiner gives one of his classic over-the-top performances here. It's genuinely hilarious.moreless
  • A classic episode

    10
    Among one of the best episodes across the 7 seasons. It has a little bit of everything; suspense, intrigue and a whole lot of action.



    Using Picard as 'one-against-many' protaganist the main plot features the very possible hijack of the Enterprise from dry-dock. It essentially follows the structure of a infiltration/counter-infiltration story, such as the movie Die Hard.



    Unlike so often the antagonists bring an air of professinal efficiency mixed with a menace that is missing from your average ST episode. So much so that his opponents actually look the biz and show they wont put up with any nonsense from the start. The way in which the enemy leader - Kelsey shows her ruthless streak is just brilliant.



    Having the rest of crew on a related side-quest keeps the whole thing believeable. As they make their own preparations to outwit their captors, the screenplay keeps us guessing as to who will be the saviour of the ship. Or will Picard or the crew come to the rescue of each other. In this respect, the pace of the action switches perfectly between the suspence of whether Picard's bluff will be found out. So to, as to whether the plan of Rikers group will fail or success. This clever writing ensure we are kept guessing till the final act. That forward momentum is only enhanced by the elimination of the hijack crew as they are taken out, one-by-one.



    The use of a lethal baryon sweep to cleanse the ship ups the urgency ante, so that we are always moving toward that inevitable ending of conflict between Picard and Kelsey. Even at the end we are not disappointed as the climatic battle for custody of the ship plays out, just as the baryon beam catches up as they fight their duel.



    Does Picard save the ship and his own skin? Do the crew manage to overpower their captors? Well what do you think!? ;)moreless
  • Whoa, phenomenal! Like a little movie!

    10
    I love everything about this episode. It's got action, comedy (Data's small talk plot, haha!) and interesting sci-fi elements. I believe this is the first time "trilithium" has been mentioned in the series. Picard pretending to be a know-nothing barber was so funny - "please, don't...don't point that at me." It's great because you can tell Picard has a hard time acting helpless in any situation.



    Picard's ingenuity is cool in this episode. This is what is missing from the movies, really. Instead of acting like a dumb action hero he makes all the right moves. Cutting off access points to Ten Forward, raiding Worf's weapon stash, it's all brilliant and I probably wouldn't begin to think of it. This is how Picard fights - with his wits, not his strength. Excellent.



    The only gripe I have is what the hell happened to Calvin Hutchinson? Did he die? If so, why didn't the TNG crew care at all? Yeah, he was annoying, but he seemed NICE...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

Marie Marshall

Marie Marshall

Kelsey

Guest Star

David Spielberg

David Spielberg

Hutchinson

Guest Star

Tim Russ

Tim Russ

Devor

Guest Star

Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett

Computer Voice

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Riker face is covered with blood and badly bruised)
      Troi: I thought you would just talk with him.
      Riker: I did. He just didn't like what I had to say.

    • Worf: Captain. Request permission to be excused from Commander Hutchinson's reception.
      Picard: Permission granted. I wish I could excuse myself as well.
      Geordi: Captain, permission to...
      Picard: Sorry, Mr. LaForge... I can't excuse my entire senior staff. Mr. Worf beat you to it.

    • Riker: (about Data's and Commander Hutchinson's non-stop small talk) I have to admit that it has a sort of strange fascination - how long can two people talk about nothing?

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode is sometimes called "Die Hard Picard," a reference to the Bruce Willis action-movie franchise, the plot of which "Starship Mine" gleefully emulates.

    • Tim Russ, better known as Lt. Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager makes a guest appearance in this episode as the criminal Devor.

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