Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 6, Episode 13

Aquiel (30 Jan. 1993)

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Murderous intrigue abounds for the Enterprise when one of the crew aboard a subspace station is believed dead, and suspected to have taken part in it until the Klingons show up with the young lieutenant, to Geordi's taste.



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Lt. Aquiel Uhnari
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Bringing supplies to a Federation subspace communications relay station near the Klingon border, the Enterprise finds it deserted by shuttle, only a dog remains. There is a residue Dr. Crusher guesses to be the remains of Lt. Aquiel Uhnari, the dog's owner, whose personal logs reveal to Geordi her childhood paranoia and theory the local Klingon commander made frequent visits to abuse her, while she also feared her only male colleague. When Picard hints at his influence with the Klingon leader since he arbitrated his succession, the planet governor Torak accepts to help himself - and produces Aquiel, alive - or not, and what about the DNA traces Worf found of one single Klingon? Dr. Crusher continues the DNA identification with spooky results... Written by KGF Vissers

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30 January 1993 (USA)  »

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With the O'Briens' departure to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), ST:TNG had lost its only married couple. This episode was intended to show that marriage and serious relationships continued into the 24th Century. In Season 7, Nurse Ogawa and her husband started a family, so the idea was obviously pursued. See more »


When La Forge finally retrieves Rocha's personal logs, he asks the computer about the log entries for stardate 46459 but the computer displays log entries for stardate 45459. See more »


Governor Torak: Are you saying we attacked your outpost?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I'm merely saying that I'm following up on evidence that my officers discovered on board.
Governor Torak: "Evidence". So you *are* making an accusation! The Klingon Empire will not stand for these kinds of lies!
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Governor Torak, I apologize. I can see that you honestly didn't know what happened aboard the station. I will just have to take this matter up with Gowron. I'm really sorry that we bothered you.
Governor Torak: Gowron won't bother with such a minor incident!
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Well, ordinarily, ...
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References Laura (1944) See more »


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Hitchcock murder mystery
20 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a well written and original TNG episode. Don't understand why it receives low rating on IMDb but it rings of Hithcock's TV show. A must see episode for Trekkies and Hitchcock fans. The plot is thick and it leaves the viewer guessing right up until the end. The suspense is masterfully shot by the director. It is an all around winner.

Also its nice to see Klingon's written into an episode that isn't about the empire or war.

I think if people look at this episode in that light then it is a justifiable 8 out of 10. It definitely does not deserve the 5.9 it has received so far.

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