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.
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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
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.
He's right. As far as we know, it might just be a recipe for biscuits.
Biscuits? If that is what you believe, then go back to Cardassia. I will send you my mother's recipe.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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