The Enterprise deliberately crosses the Neutral Zone, on Kirk's orders, into Romulan space and is promptly surrounded by Romulan warships, each equipped with a "cloaking device" that renders it undetectable. Spock betrays the apparently irrational and paranoid Kirk to the Romulan commander, a woman who is obviously attracted to Spock. A deadly game between Kirk, Spock and the Romulans risks not only the Enterprise but the tenuous cease-fire between the Romulans and the Federation. Written by
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's Romulan Commander is given the name Dion Charvon in a 1977 Star Trek novel called "The Price of the Phoenix", by Myrna Culbreath and Sondra Marshak. In the 1999 novel "Vulcan's Heart" by Josepha Sherman, her name is given as Liviana Charvanek. It's not clear if either novel is "canonical" but Liviana Charvanek seems to have higher authority and credibility. In addition, Diane Duane
's 1984 novel "My Enemy, My Ally" states that the commander had her name stripped from her because of the events of this episode, and introduces the commander's aunt, Ael t'Rllaillieu. See more
In the early second scene in the briefing room, where Spock reveals to the Enterprise officers that the Neutral Zone was breached on Kirk's orders, two officers are shown in the background. One is wearing a gold tunic indicating he is a member of Command or Navigation with commander insignia on the sleeve (holding the same rank as Dr. McCoy and Mr. Scott and outranking both Chekov and Sulu.) Another is a "red shirt" indicating he is a member of Security, Engineering, or Communications and that contains stripes indicating a Lt. Cmdr. ranking (the same as Spock) which would in turn indicate that he outranks both Lt. Uhura and Mr. Scott! No explanation or other identification is provided. See more
Enterprise Medical Log, stardate 5027.3, Dr. Leonard McCoy recording. I'm concerned about Captain Kirk. He shows indications of increasing tension and emotional stress.
I have completed the assignment, Captain: a theoretical incursion...
Captain James T. Kirk
Yes, Mr. Chekov, I can read, and as usual, your theoretical evaluations do not tally with mine. Return to your duty, and I'll let you know when your work is satisfactory. Mr. Spock, full sensor scan on the region, please.
I did give a ...