Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 7, Episode 24

Preemptive Strike (14 May 1994)

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Following her return from Advanced Tactical Training, Ro is sent to infiltrate the Maquis and finds herself torn between her loyalty to Picard and Starfleet and to her sympathy with the Maquis fighting "the good fight".

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Ensign Ro Laren is welcomed back with a party after Advanced Tactical Training. Almost immediately she's picked as best suited for an undercover mission in the demilitarized zone, to prevent the peace treaty with the Cardassians being undermined by illegally attacking Federation 'maquis' ships. Again given her ethnic and personal background, the conflict of loyalties -existing with Riker and other crew too- grows as her covert mission to trap the resistance fighters succeeds. Written by KGF Vissers

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Richard Poe makes his second and final appearance in TNG as Gul Evek. He would make several more appearances in the same role in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and one in Star Trek: Voyager: Caretaker (1995). See more »

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Ro says she was sent to the stockade on Jaros II after being court-martialed. This is not to be confused with Garon II, where the incident occurred that got her the court martial, as mentioned in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Ensign Ro. See more »

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Ro Laren: My father played the klavion. When I was very young and afraid of monsters under my bed... he played for me. He said that the klavion had... special powers. Monsters were afraid of it. And when they heard it they would disappear. When I listened to that music he played for me... I was never afraid to go to sleep. When he died... I realized even he couldn't make all the monsters go away.
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Maquis: Part 2 (1994) See more »

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No mo Ro.
6 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Ensign Ro was an addition to the cast in season 6. At the time, it appeared as if she was going to become a regular on the show but after only a few appearances she disappeared until this penultimate episode. It begins with the Maquis suddenly gaining an advantage over the Cardassians in their guerilla war. Since the members of this rogue organization are mostly made up of people living within the Federation, it's up to the Enterprise to try to bring their terrorist ways under control and bring these rebels to justice. To do so, Picard asks Ro to go undercover--a thoroughly stupid idea, as she obviously is very much in sympathy with these folks. Can she serve the Federation or will her natural inclination to hate Cardassians and kick butt propel her towards becoming a traitor to Starfleet?

This is a decent enough episode and it's well done. My only complaint and reason I give this one a 7 is because the character was pretty much abandoned by the writers and suddenly makes an appearance in the second to last episode...which feels kind of weird and contrived.


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