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  • Author's Saving Throw: The episode largely exists to answer the question fans had been asking the show's whole run: why doesn't the Federation have cloaking technology?
  • Fridge Brilliance: Despite Riker being portrayed as ambitious in the first season, he turned down the Captain's Chair in the first two seasons. This episode gives a strong reason why he's leary of being a Captain.
  • Fridge Logic:
    • The Treaty of Algeron banned the Federation from possessing cloaking devices has angered multiple fans, who wonder why the Federation would agree to such a treaty. However, Trek commentator SF Debris pointed out that we only know this one piece of the treaty. With every Romulan being The Chessmaster, it could very well be that they gave up several short-term advantages (such as a number of star systems in the Neutral Zone) just to gain this one long-term advantage.
      • Not to mention the Romulans are well known as nigh inscrutable. It's possible that the Treaty of Algeron was the result of the Federation erring on the side of caution, not wanting to risk what could have been a very costly war. All of this is speculation, though, since only the existence of the treaty, the existence of the Tomed Incident that incited the treaty, and the year said treaty was signed are indisputable canon (that is, on the show or in the movies). It's possible that there were a million other factors that influenced the treaty's terms.
      • As established in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, it did not take much for Kirk to overcome a ship that was perpetually cloaked. Even if the Romulans or Klingons came up with better cloaking devices, the Federation would likely not be slouches in detecting cloaked ships. And as established in several episodes, novelizations, and video games, use of a Cloaking Device would require a ship to drop their shields likely due to the massive amount of power required for the cloak. Perhaps the Federation decided that shielded ships are better than cloaked ones.
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    • SF Debris also pointed out that this episode establishes that Riker served for six years in Starfleet before he was assigned to the Enterprise. Six years from ensign and Academy graduate to the first officer of the Federation flagship (which he only even took because he refused captaincy of at least one other ship) is an incredible meteoric rise, and SF Debris muses if Pressman may have pulled some strings to ensure Riker's continued silence. In fact, Riker might have rose even more, but check Fridge Brilliance for why he'd demur.
  • Funny Moments: The opening, with Riker playing with one of the Picard dolls and doing a hilarious impressionnote .
    "I don't know, I think the resemblance is rather striking. Wouldn't you agree, Number One?"
  • Memetic Mutation: Trekkies still celebrate Captain Picard Day every June 16th, which is the date that corresponds to the stardate in the episode. Even the trailer for Star Trek: Picard shows what a big deal Captain Picard Day was.
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  • Retroactive Recognition: Today, viewers are likely to recognize Admiral Pressman as John Locke.
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