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The Arsenal of Freedom

What rating would you give The Arsenal of Freedom?  

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  1. 1. What rating would you give The Arsenal of Freedom?

    • 5. It?s great, I loved it!
    • 4. It?s good.
    • 3. It?s average.
    • 2. It?s not that good.
    • 1. I hated it.

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Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season: 1

Episode #: 20

Production #: 121

Episode Name: The Arsenal of Freedom

Original Air Date: 04.11.88


While investigating the disappearance of the USS Drake, the Enterprise encounters a planet whose population has vanished but their weapons technology is still active.




Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes as William Thomas Riker

Brent Spiner as Data

LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge

Michael Dorn as Worf

Gates McFadden as Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi

Denise Crosby as Natasha (Tasha) Yar

Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher


Guest Cast:


Vincent Schiavelli as Peddler

Marco Rodriguez as Captain Paul Rice

Vyto Rugins as Chief Engineer Logan

Julia Nickson as Lt. Lian T'Su

George De La Pena as Lt. Solis


Director: Les Landau

Teleplay By: Richard Manning & Hans Beimler

Story By: Maurice Hurley & Robert Lewin


Related Items:

Arvada III


Drake, U.S.S.

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Another good episode.


It developed Geordi's character as a commander of the ship, and also it elaborated on Dr. Crusher's character while she was caring for Picard.


I like the idea of a weapons system so powerful it killed practically everyone who used it and who it was used against.


Though I wish the actual weapon system that was hunting the Enterprise and the crew members down on the planet was better designed. It looked ridiculous.


I also liked the mention that Riker had turned down the Drake to become XO on the Enterprise. A number of people deride the idea that he would turn down so many ships to stay on the Enterprise, but I think it makes sense. He turned down all the crap ships until he was offered a good one.


Patience after all, is a virtue, and it paid off.


This episode gets a rating of 2

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An uneven episode at times. The scenes on the ship of Geordi in command were interesting. Seeing him deal with that uppity officer who wants to take command and then making the decision to separate the saucer section did show the potential of the character.


Riker telling the image of Paul Rice that his ship was the Lollipop and that it is a good ship was amusing.

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A good episode that shows us what happens when our weapons become too perfect, everyone dies. I thought it was real good. I can't help but feel sad when I watch this knowing that Vincent Schiavelli is no longer with us.


**** out of *****

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