Star Trek: The Next Generation “Conspiracy” (part 3 of 4)
Worf is spared further embarrassment by the intervention of Crusher, who proceeds to simply blast away at Quinn with a phaser until he’s rendered unconscious.
Later in sickbay, Quinn is examined, and a wiggling thorn-like protrusion is found on the back of his neck.
Back downstairs, Picard and the admirals are talking conspiracies, and I have to say, these aliens do a piss-poor job of not arousing suspicion. In general, if you’re part of a conspiracy to gain power, it’s not really a great idea to engage in small talk about conspiracies with someone who in all likelihood is onto you. They may as well have neon signs above their heads reading “Something is fishy here!”
Constantly noting that it’s “a quiet night” in one of the busiest buildings in the galaxy is also not the best strategy.
Remmick enters and announces dinner is ready, and Picard tells them he’ll join them after he checks in with the ship. Picard calls Riker, but gets Crusher, who informs him about the attack by Quinn. The man is possessed by a parasitic being that has full control over him, enhances his strength and energy, and can only be immobilized by heavy duty phaser fire. The protrusion is apparently how it breathes.
Picard notes he’s unarmed (the actual line is a nicely funny moment), and he goes into dinner with the admirals. We get a nice horror movie moment as Riker surprises Crusher, and it’s back to dinner as Picard enters. He sits down, and in front of him is a bowl with a lid which he lifts to reveal, to his disgust, a bunch of worms. Still alive, mind you.
Like I said, these aliens aren’t the best when it comes to being low-key. The admirals, along with a random guy, start eating, and I have to imagine the director was watching the dinner scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and thought to himself, “I can top Spielberg!”
Picard begins to back out of the room, only to be intercepted by Riker. Riker keeps him from leaving and appears to have been taken over, as the admirals confirm by the protrusion on his neck.
Captain Scott enters, also now one of them, and she sits down to eat. Sort of surprised Rixx doesn’t turn up again; I guess Michael Berryman was too busy. The man works enough that that’s pretty damn likely.
The admirals explain they’ve been aware of Picard’s suspicions the entire time, and let him find out (hence Scott’s appearance, I guess), and Riker is encouraged to eat.
Riker gets ready to chow down, with a huge smile on his face… until he suddenly whips out a phaser and begins shooting at the others in the room.
I’d question how the prosthetic on the back of Riker’s neck fooled the guys who were actually taken over, but as I said, we’re not exactly dealing with those lizard guys from V here.