As Worf fights in the Klingon Civil War, Captain Picard and his crew must stop the Romulans from helping their pawns achieve victory.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Toral (as J.D. Cullum)
Captain Larg (as Michael G. Hagerty)
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Fleet Admiral Shanthi


Captain Jean-Luc Picard convinces Fleet Admiral Shanthi that the Federation must no longer maintain neutrality because the Duras side's alliance with the Romulans turns the raging Klingon civil war into sort of a proxy war, which Gowron's loyal side is losing. All major Enterprise officers take starship commands, including Data, who had to ask for this first and immediately faces a transfer request from his first officer, Lt. Commander Christopher Hobson, who has a prejudice against androids, yet Data keeps him on. Picard is startled to hear that the Romulan commander Sela claims to be Tasha's daughter, first thinks it's a lie, then hears Guinan's theory confirmed, which would mean the previous Enterprise is indirectly responsible for the present conflict. Now the civil war is going badly, Worf's loyalty to Gowron and his family leadership are challenged at his own side, he falls in the hands of the Duras sisters, Lursa and B'Etor. Picard coordinates his fleet with Gowron's forces, ... Written by KGF Vissers

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21 September 1991 (USA)  »

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One of the blockade ships is named Tienanmen, probably in reference to Beijing's Tienanmen Square. Gene Roddenberry based the Romulans on communist China. See more »


When the Romulans disrupt the tachyon net, Data reports that the net is no longer effective in the range of 10 million kilometers around his ship. At the same moment, a display on the Enterprise shows this hole in the net being almost half the size of the entire net. This makes the entire net about 40 million kilometers wide, which is vanishingly small compared to interstellar distances. The Romulans never had to worry about passing through the net, as it would have taken them only seconds to go around it. See more »


Kurn: You and I will fight battles that others can only dream of. The time for glory is here. It is not a time to worry about stabilizers; it is a time to celebrate! For tomorrow we all may die! Come! Let us, the sons of Mogh, live this night as if it were our last!
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Past Prologue (1993) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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A Worthy Conclusion
30 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As Episode One ended we see the face of Tasha Yar, but it turns out that this is actually Tasha's daughter. This birth took place when the Romulans were taken with her has a small child and decided to make her the only survivor of one of their ruthless raids. She watched as her mother was killed (interesting because she appears in the first two seasons). Sela, the daughter, felt her mother was a traitor and hardened her heart, becoming the commander of a Romulan flagship. She is determined to destroy the alliance between the Federation and the Klingons and, using cloaking devices, continues to channel weapons to the Duras led faction. Even though Picard cannot intervene, he can set up a blockade, using Tacheon beams to recognize a cloaked ship. He may not be able to go to war with the Romulans, but he can make life miserable for the Klingons who are totally dependent. Sela has to toe the line because the Romulans continually claim innocence in all their dealings (they are a lot like the Soviet Union). Twenty Federation ships are sent to the border and maintain position. Riker and LaForge are on one ship and Data request another from Picard who acquiesces. While on board his ship, the first officer becomes insubordinate and tries to resist orders at every juncture. At one point Data must threaten him with removal from the bridge. This "racist" or "xenophobic" element adds to the interest. A chess game begins between Picard and Sela who have actually had discussions on board the Enterprise. Another carefully rendered episode, leading off the new season.

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