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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Per the title, a preemptive strike refers to an attack made upon an enemy as a precautionary response to an anticipated or impending war. See more »

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In the opening battle with the Maquis, when the Enterprise disperses two of the ships with phaser fire, space appears to be shaking. This, however, seems to be a common effect whenever explosions occur, in order to simulate the shock wave. See more »

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I knew that I could count on you.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Journey's End (1994) See more »

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When You Know the Enemy
17 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Maquis become a big deal when "Voyager" begins its time in the Star Trek canon. These are Federation renegades who are unhappy with the developments in the movement outward in the galaxy. There are too many treaties with rival alien worlds, particularly the Cardassians. The Enterprise has been given the task of infiltrating this group which has the Bejoran culture at its center. Ensign Ro Laren has been given the task of spying on this group. She is willing to take this on because Picard rescued her from a spiral into oblivion. What happens, however, is that while she is secretly a part of the Maquis, she begins to understand their unhappiness and their oppression by forces beyond their control. They are guerrilla fighters in a kind of intergalactic brush war. She is embraced by them and becomes the darling of their old leader who has great affection for her and her "cause." What starts out as a mission becomes a kind of betrayal. It shows how things are not so simple when you see the actual face of the enemy. Quite well done.


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