Deanna awakes to find herself altered to look like a Romulan, immediately unaware she's involved in a cat-and-mouse game as a member of their intelligence agency.



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Barry Lynch ...
Ensign Stefan DeSeve
Khazara Pilot Palteth
Corvallen Freighter Captain
Pamela Winslow ...


Counselor Deanna Troi is startled to find herself aboard a Romulan ship, where Subcommander N'vek admits he drugged and surgically altered her while attending a conference to have her play the part of Major Raqal of the feared imperial intelligence (political police) in order to overrule the captain Commander Toreth, who nearly succeeds in bluffing the 'novice agent' rather then just obey and carry a mysterious cargo, which N'vek next shows to Troi: it's a Romulan vice-proconsul with two aids in stasis, members of Spock's underground on Romulus, intended to become the haven for many other sympathizers once set up safely in Federation space. At the rendez-vous with a Corvallen freighter which was to take the cargo, Troi's empathic feeling the captain is unreliable makes N'vek destroy that ship, 18 casualties. While bitchy Toreth continuously questions and even challenges 'Raqal', the Enterprise has granted the plea of twenty years ago defector to the Romulans Ensign Stefan DeSeve, who ... Written by KGF Vissers

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6 February 1993 (USA)  »

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The Romulan intelligence service, the Tal Shiar is a homage to the tal-shaya, a Vulcan martial arts move first mentioned in Star Trek: Journey to Babel (1967). See more »


N'Vek tells Troi of a defector named Proconsul Meret. Near the end of the story, Ensign DeSeve pronounces the name as Emret instead of Meret. See more »


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Counselor Deanna Troi: Computer, lights.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Timescape (1993) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Don't you just hate it when you wake up and find you've been transformed into a Romulan?!
29 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When the episode begins, Counselor Troi awakens and looks into the mirror--only to discover that she's become, inexplicably, a Romulan! Why?! What's going on here? She has no idea but one of the Romulans comes to her and tells her that she MUST go along with his plan and pretend to be a member of the Romulan Intelligence, the Tal Shiar. Fortunately, since the Tal Shiar is much like the KGB, the commander of the Romulan ship is forced to acquiesce to whatever demands Troi makes--as the commander is scared not to!

I loved this episode because it allowed Marina Sirtis (Troi) to step WAY outside her usual roles on the show. Normally, she's an incredibly passive and dull character but here she is AMAZING. As a member of the Tal Shiar, Troi becomes a very scary woman! She is tough, demanding and even a bit ruthless!! These are all things I loved seeing her character do! Additionally, the show is very exciting and very different from the norm for the show. One not to be missed.

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