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
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Picard says there's been no Klingon raid on the Federation in seven years. This was added to show that the Federation-Klingon alliance is still an uneasy one. See more
Consistently throughout the shows 7 seasons, when approaching abandoned ships or stations, one of the first things the Enterprise crew does (even before boarding them) is scan them for life signs. They appear not to have done this in this episode, since when they hear (what Geordi thinks is) a loose panel, there is no urgency to their finding the cause of the noise that they would have shown if they had scanned for life signs and found one still aboard the station. 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.
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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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