This episode will find a way to break your heart.
there are a ton of federation outposts being attacked by unidentified assailants. Beverly Crusher runs DNA analysis and determines that the attackers are in fact humanoids from the sector. so picard then goes to talk to them and what not. turns out, it wasn’t them exactly, but rather some members of their species (called the “gatherers”) that separated from them 100 years ago citing “cultural differences.” AKA, they wanted to kill and fight, like, I don’t know, Klingons or Romulans.
Well, Picard can’t have this. So he organizes diplomacy between the two groups so they can stop fighting each other and/or innocent research facilities.
THe person leading the more civilized group is called “Sovereign” and she has a servant girl. The servant girl is tentatively in love with Riker, probably because Riker is super sweet to her… *so cute… vomits everywhere*. Regardless, turns out…
Servant girl is actually like, a 100 years old, although she looks twenty-something. Only 5 people in her “clan” survived a massacre committed by an opposing group. At that time, they chose her to go on a long-term mission that would involve killing all the members of the opposing group. When she had murdered everyone on her planet, she gets an in with the sovereign, increasing her chances of getting off world and coming in contact with the last few members of the murderous other group.
So essentially, the majority of her life has been spent hunting down people to kill. So she’s a little… psychologically impaired. But still a sweet person. Very sad.
Oh yea, and then it turns out that the leader of the gatherers is the very last person she has to kill. Riker and Crusher determine this on the Enterprise while Picard is heading up negotiations between the two groups. Riker rushes over and tells everyone that the servant girl is going to kill the gatherers’ leader. She explains that she can’t just not kill him. Riker stuns her twice, but she keeps going for him. You’d think they could transport her back to the Enterprise or something, but no. Riker kills her and she evaporates into the wind, a result of phaser fire.
I don’t know what is more offensive: that Picard didn’t seemed distressed by his first officers unimaginative and merciless action or that Riker made out with a total cougar.