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
Did You Know?
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
[in a personal letter to her sister, Aquiel is talking about the threat from a Klingon
Lt. Aquiel Uhnari
I don't... think there'll be any trouble. It just... brings up those feelings of... panic, of wanting to run, wanting to get away from danger. Shianna, I couldn't say this to anyone but you. But the panic... It's the same thing I used to feel whenever Father got angry. When I knew he was going to punish me. Only now, I'm out here in space - and there's nowhere to run.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more