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The Chase 

The crew of the Enterprise must race against various rival powers to uncover an archaeological secret that explains the predominance of humanoid life forms in the galaxy.


Jonathan Frakes


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Joe Menosky (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
Salome Jens ... Humanoid Progenitor
John Cothran ... Capt. Nu'Daq (as John Cothran Jr.)
Maurice Roëves ... Romulan Captain
Linda Thorson ... Gul Ocett
Norman Lloyd ... Professor Galen
Majel Barrett ... Enterprise Computer (voice)


Whilst on a mission to observe the development of protostars in the Volterra Nebula, Captain Picard is visited by his old Academy archaeology mentor, Professor Galen, who invites Picard to join him on a long expedition he claims to be of great historical importance. Upon being refused again in favor of fleet duty, Galen goes alone, but his shuttle is captured by Yridians, who sell his vital findings, which Data, La Forge and Crusher help decipher, revealing an incredible DNA sequence, common to at least nineteen independent sentient life forms. As it turns out, it was sold to the Klingons and Cardassians too, who arrive simultaneously at the planet, from where they suspect the common source, which included a hidden 'program', originated. Yet this setting holds further surprises from still other races. Written by KGF Vissers

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The first time that Humans, Klingons, Romulans and Cardassians all appear in the same episode. See more »


When the Enterprise is supposed to be at warp, we can see through the viewscreen on the Bridge that it clearly isn't. See more »


Gul Ocett: The Yridian who sold us the information claimed that the program would yield the key to an unlimited power source.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: But until we assemble it, we will never know its purpose.
Gul Ocett: He's right. As far as we know, it might just be a recipe for biscuits.
Captain Nu'Daq: Biscuits? If that is what you believe, then go back to Cardassia. I will send you my mother's recipe.
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It explains the bad makeup :p
28 May 2008 | by blue_baronSee all my reviews

I'm going to make a simple comment on this great episode. But this is in my personal opinion the *most* important Star Trek episode of all the series combined as it explains the origin of the humans, klingons, cardasians, romulans and many others.

All along many people complained as to why ALL the ST races looked alike (basically humans with long ears, humans with tattoos on their neck, humans with blue skin, humans with ridged forehead, etc) and of course the painfully boring explanation was due to the lack of budget for makeup.

But this actually gives a real "star trekish" explanation for it all and it's rather convincing. I'm not spoiling anything, but if you ever were curious as to why not all species look like a rag-tag team of freaks like in star wars but rather a bunch of human-look-alikes... this episode will explain to you why is that.

Bottom line, crucial episode if you want to understand Star Trek.

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24 April 1993 (USA) See more »

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