Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 1 Episode 21

The Arsenal Of Freedom

Aired Unknown Apr 11, 1988 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • When Riker told Lt. LaForge to increase speed to warp 6, he replies, "Aye sir, full impulse."

    • Worf says, "I'm picking up an object off the port bow. It's firing." In the next scene we see a beam of energy coming from directly in front of the Enterprise.

    • After tending to Crusher's injuries, Picard explores and wipes the dust off a flashing panel. Then they cut to a new shot and the panel is dirty and he wipes it off again.

    • When the cloaked drone first appears, it shows to port but Worf fires straight ahead.

  • Quotes

    • Data: No signs of intelligent life-forms. Vegetation and animal life only.
      Deanna: What happened to all the people?
      Worf: War?
      Data: Disease?
      Geordi: A dissatisfied customer?

    • Geordi: Relinquishing command, Captain.
      Picard: As you were, lieutenant.
      Geordi: Sir?
      Picard: Mr. LaForge, when I left this ship it was in one piece. I would appreciate your returning it to me in the same condition. Do you concur, Number One?
      Riker: Absolutely, sir.

    • Peddler: The early bird that hesitates...gets wormed!

  • Notes

    • Riker encounters a surveillance drone which pretends to be Paul Rice, captain of the Drake, and tries to collect information from him. Riker then gets a communication from the ship and responds "Understood." In "All Good Things" (the last episode of the series) when Picard in the past contacts Riker on Farpoint Station to tell him they won't be picking him up, they clipped this scene and displayed it on Picard's desk display. They apparently couldn't get Rice out of the picture entirely.

    • This is the second of three appearances of the USS Enterprise-D Battle Bridge, and the final appearance of the battle bridge in its original configuration. (Its very last appearance would be in "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II.") This is also the second time (out of four) that the Enterprise performs a saucer separation maneuver. The last time would be in Star Trek: Generations.

    • Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton) does not appear in this episode.

  • Allusions

    • Song: "On the Good Ship Lollipop"
      Riker tells "Paul Rice" that he is stationed on a ship called "Lollipop." In his next line he says, "It's a good ship." A reference to the song "On the Good Ship Lollipop," most famously sung by Shirley Temple.