An emergency call from Celerian 4, a colony near the Cardassian-Federation border, is followed by Orta's space-ship's claim to have destroyed it as part of his Bajorian race's struggle to reclaim their ancient civilization's independence from the Cardassians. Admiral Kennelly decides the Enterprise's mission to settle that dispute peacefully requires a Bajorian officer and therefore assigned, without consulting Picard, female Ensign Ro Laren, whom he had to release from jail first, to the whole crew's dismay. After receiving blankets, the Bajorian refugee camp leader Keeve Falor arranges a meeting with Orta. There Picard finds former refugee Ro Laren came with a secret Bajorian agenda himself, but she tells him it's not just hers, the admiral is behind it. Then two Cardassian ships appear and their commander Gul Dolak demands the Enterprise delivers to them the ship of the Bajorians which the Enterprise is resettling as terrorists; Picard deals with the dark plot... Written by
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Originally the Romulans were to appear in the episode as Bajor's aggressors/occupiers. Rick Berman felt the Romulans were being overused, and inspired by their recent introduction in The Wounded, suggested the Cardassians instead. See more
It appears that Ensign Ro is well known among the Starfleet personnel through her Starfleet record, as mentioned by several officers. It would therefore be rather unusual that they wouldn't know about the correct use of her name, as revealed in the beginning. While this may still be possible for lower-ranked staff, it is highly unlikely that Picard, who claims to have read about the history and culture of the Bajorans, has no knowledge about this 'old custom'. See more
There's a time when you want to call a Romulan's bluff and there's a time when you don't, wouldn't you say?
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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