Captain Picard foils a plot against the Bajorians with his new Bajorian officer, Ensign Ro.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Keeve Falor
Jeff Hayenga ...
Orta (as Jeffrey Hayenga)
Harley Venton ...
Ensign Collins
Ken Thorley ...


An emergency call from Solarion IV, 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 KGF Vissers

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5 October 1991 (USA)  »

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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 Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Wounded (1991), suggested the Cardassians instead. See more »


After Data uses a palm beacon to snap the bridge crew out of the game's effect at the end, he orders Worf to capture the alien ship with a tractor beam and raise the shields. However, the Enterprise cannot do both, as the shields would interfere with the tractor beam. See more »


[first lines]
Mr. Mot: 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?
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Data's Day (1991) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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The debut of the always grumpy Ro Laren
21 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Ro Laren was a series regular for some time until she eventually went rogue in a much later episode. During her time on the show, this Bajoran ensign was often grumpy and argumentative--like many Bajorans were portrayed on the show. This was, no doubt, because Bajor had learned to become ornery because they were embroiled in a nasty war for independence from their Cardassian overlords. In many ways, these people seemed a bit like parallels to the Palestinian/Israeli or British/Irish conflicts (among others). My only complaint is that sometimes Ro's character seemed too much like Tasha Yar--too abrasive to be likable. Fortunately, despite my reservations about the character, this episode is pretty good.

The show begins with the Federation and Cardassians coming up with a working relationship, of sorts. The two empires were frequently at odds with each other over the years, but they did seem in agreement that senseless terrorism needs to be eliminated. But, you ALSO need to remember that the Cardassians are a lot like the Romulans--sneaky liars. In light of all this, the Enterprise receives Ensign Laren for a temporary assignment. Her duty is to help the ship establish contact with the various factions and try to work on eliminating the terrorist attacks. But, she is quite ambivalent about this--and her ambivalence makes her a very difficult team player. Can she work through this and become a valued member of the team? For a while, only Guinin thinks so!

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