Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 3 Episode 8

The Price

5
Aired Unknown Nov 13, 1989 on CBS
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  • Deep Space Nine in a bottle.

    8.0
    "The price" is a classic example of a Star Trek bottle show. It was clearly a test-bed for the concept of Deep Space Nine which was just in its initial conceptual stages at this time. This episode introduces the idea that wormholes in the Star Trek universe are generally unstable and that a stable one would be of great value. Its interesting that the destination of the Barzan wormhole is even the same as that of the Bajoran one, the Gamma Quadrant. (Note the names Barzan and Bajoran are even somewhat similar).

    Although there's plenty of plot-holes that have been pointed out over the year one that is not often discussed is the odd group of delegates at the conference. None of them except for the Federation represented anything like a known great power and in the Alpha or Beta quadrant of the Star Trek galaxy. Perhaps the Barzans simply didn't trust the Romulans, Klingons or Cardassians (admitted the Cardassians hadn't been introduced at this time).

    Although this episode is not a fan favourite it is clearly a pilot for the concepts behind later series and is certainly not the bottom of the barrel as far as Next Generation episodes are concerned!
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