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The Wounded 

After being fired upon by a Cardassian vessel, Picard races against time to find out the facts behind the Cardassian commander's claim that the Federation attacked one of their outposts.


Chip Chalmers


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Jeri Taylor (teleplay by) | 7 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher (credit only)
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Bob Gunton ... Capt. Benjamin Maxwell
Rosalind Chao ... Keiko O'Brien
Marc Alaimo ... Gul Macet
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Marco Rodríguez ... Glin Telle
Time Winters ... Glin Daro
John Hancock ... Admiral Haden


The Federation is on the verge of war with the Cardassians after a Starship under the command of Captain Benjamin Maxwell attacks a Cardassian science outpost, destroying it and killing everyone there. Captain Picard is ordered to find Maxwell and take whatever steps necessary to stop him. The Cardassians are cautious and their captain, Gul Macet, doesn't quite believe Picard will hunt down one of his own. Picard for his part will do his duty but finds it hard to believe that a Starship captain would attack without reason. Chief O'Brien served with Maxwell and knows that his family was killed many years before in a Cardassian attack. He also knows that Maxwell is a very able captain who would not seek revenge. When Maxwell destroys a Cardassian cargo ship, Picard realizes he must be stopped before there is all-out war. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

26 January 1991 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Cardassians' skin colour is more pink than in future depictions, where their skin's a more pale, greyish-white colour. See more »


While under attack from the Cardassian ship, Picard asks to increase power to the forward shields. In the next scene the Cardassian ship is shows firing from behind. See more »


Chief Miles O'Brien: [singing] The minstrel boy to the war has gone / In the ranks of death you will find him.
Chief Miles O'BrienCapt. Benjamin Maxwell: [joint] His father's sword he hath girded on / And his wild harp slung behind him. "Land of song", said the warrior bard / "Tho' all the world betrays thee. One sword at least thy rights shall guard...
Chief Miles O'Brien: ...One faithful harp shall praise thee."
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Emissary (1993) See more »


The Minstrel Boy
Written by Thomas Moore
Performed by Colm Meaney and Bob Gunton
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The first appearance by the Cardassians is a glimpse into the future of this series and "Deep Space 9"
18 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is an important episode because it's the first one involving the Cardassians--an enemy which will become very important later in "Star Trek:The Next Generation" and even more important on "Star Trek:Deep Space 9". And, like in so many later episodes, the same actor plays the Cardassian baddie---though here Marc Alamo plays Gul Macet instead of the familiar Gul Dukat.

The show begins with a Cardassian ship attacking the Enterprise. They are easily rebuffed but Picard demands to know why they were attacked--after all, there is a peace treaty between the two empires. It turns out that this attack was in response by an attack by a Federation ship on the Cardassians. Picard finds this very hard to believe but agrees to investigate. When he learns that this is TRUE, he has no choice but to help the Cardassians seek out this rogue ship.

While nothing super-exciting happens in this one, it's an important and must-see episode because so much follows this one. Well worth seeing for a glimpse into the future of the show.

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