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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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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Did You Know?


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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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Unification II (1991) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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She Doesn't Need Acting Lessons
25 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Deanna Troi is kidnapped by a Romulan underground member. Because she is a star fleet officer, she is the perfect candidate to impersonate a member of the controlling faction (sort of a Gestapo) to smuggle three members of the underground back to the Enterprise or at least away from Romulus. The interesting thing is that she adapts to her role instantaneously and convinces the ships captain that she is the real deal. This woman is never totally comfortable with Troi's character and continues the fifth degree on her, hoping to get her to slip up. Ultimately, she is forced to confront the Enterprise and face off in a warlike posture. She must use her knowledge to make things happen. In the process, she must come across as a brutal, intractable figure who is willing to kill anyone on board. For me, she is just too good to be true.

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