This Day in Television History – January 10th, 1994 – Star Trek: The Next Generation’s “The Pegasus” Airs

“The Pegasus” is the 12th episode of the 7th season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Written by Ronald D. Moore, it first aired on January 10th, 1994 in syndication.

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The Pegasus is discovered embedded partially inside an asteroid. (Courtesy: Paramount / Viacom / CBS)

In the episode, the Enterprise is dispatched to find the remains of the USS Pegasus, a starship believed lost in an accident many years ago that Commander Riker served on. Riker must work with his former Captain, now an admiral, to find the ship before the Romulans do. But, they’re both hiding a startling secret about the true mission of the Pegasus.

The episode was directed by LeVar Burton, who played Geordi La Forge in the series. Terry O’Quinn, perhaps best known for his later role as John Locke in Lost, guest stars as Admiral Pressman in the episode. The Pegasus is portrayed here as an Oberth-class vessel, which was first seen in the film Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

The events of “The Pegasus” were later linked with the series finale of Star Trek: Enterprise, “These Are The Voyages…”

Personal Thoughts: Although the seventh season of TNG was hit-or-miss in my view, this was a good episode from the show’s final season. It uses the Romulans to great effect, there’s some good tense moments and a unique explanation as to why the Federation doesn’t (yet) use cloaking devices. O’Quinn’s Admiral Pressman is also a well-portrayed character, who gets his in the end.

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