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
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As in many other cases, use of the universal translator creates a major hole in the plot. The translator doesn't give the user the ability to speak the language in question; it merely takes the spoken word and translates it into the recipient's language. Thus, when Counselor Troi speaks to the Romulans, they should experience the same effect as we do watching a dubbed movie; the words should be understandable, but the mouth movements shouldn't match. Normally, it isn't an issue, but since Troi is trying to pass as a Romulan, that alone should give her away. See more
Counselor Deanna Troi