At the end of "Conundrum," Captain Picard refuses to fire on the Lysian Central Command. Because of this, "Commander MacDuff" (actually a Satarran in disguise) becomes outraged and tries to fire the weapons himself after knocking Worf down.

Worf and Riker put MacDuff on the ground with phasers, but it's unclear whether the Satarran is actually killed or not.

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    Crucially, was he of woman born??? – Paul D. Waite Apr 9 '17 at 21:17
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    @PaulD.Waite - With a boss who's obsessed with Shakespeare, how many times do you reckon he heard PIcard say "Lay on, Macduff"? That probably explains why he turned evil – Valorum Apr 9 '17 at 21:28
  • For me this episode's weakness was that with their powers, they could have simply taken over the ship and spaced the crew. The AI is sufficiently powerful that you can point it in a particular direction, raise the shields and fire the weapons with only a single user. – Valorum Apr 9 '17 at 21:30

It would appear not.

Per the original screenplay


[holding the phaser. MacDuff again goes for the console -- Riker again FIRES the phaser, and where it hits, the strange metallic being underneath is revealed. MacDuff stumbles back, but goes for it again -- unstoppable.]

[Worf has regained his footing, and FIRES his phaser at MacDuff, again revealing a patch of the alien corpus. Riker and Worf both continue FIRING to keep MacDuff away from the controls. MacDuff finally throws back his head and screams --]


[falls to the floor, unconscious. The others stare at him, relieved.]

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