Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 5, Episode 3

Ensign Ro (5 Oct. 1991)

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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:
Scott Marlowe ...
Keeve Falor
Gul Dolak
Jeff Hayenga ...
Orta (as Jeffrey Hayenga)
Harley Venton ...
Ensign Collins
Ken Thorley ...


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 KGF Vissers

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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 »


The top of Ensign Ro's uniform that she gives to the little girl turns from a pullover-type garment to a jacket. Also, Ro's com-badge goes from the jacket to her shirt without her moving it. 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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Bajor was different...
21 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having seen DS9 the picture painted of Bajor is completely different. This makes me question why they later came and took this storyline and reworked it into DS9. The "Bajora" as they are called have different noses. They do retain the same naming convention of last name first. Their earrings (at least Ensign Roe's) are on the wrong ear. The timeline seems to be correct, the Occupation was 41 years. They speak of the planet Bajor being occupied by the Cardassians in this episode as well, but they claim that the Bajora are an exiled race, not an enslaved one. They paint them as refugees wandering the galaxy looking for a home.

Previously I believe it was mentioned that the Federation had an alliance with the Cardassians. I don't see how the Federation would tolerate that kind of tyranny in a friend, but getting to the point, the basis for DS9 is here but it's all over the place. I don't understand why they didn't just make a whole new plan up for DS9, but I can't say I mind.

There is no mention of the wormhole, or the prophets.

This episode is definitely a little weird to watch after DS9. Still, from a TNG perspective it is a very good episode full of lots of action and twisting plots.

Trivia: Ensign Ro (Michelle Forbes) is more recently Admiral Helena Cain of the Battlestar Pegasus in the Battlestar Galatica series. She was also Dara the daughter of Timicin in Season 4 Episode 22, "Half a Life".

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