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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Natalija Nogulich makes her final appearance in TNG as Admiral Nechayev. After her relationship with Picard began to soften in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Journey's End (1994), it improves even more here. It seems her attitude towards the Maquis, so hostile in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), has begun to soften as well. The appearances of Nechayev and Evek, both who appeared in 'Journey's End', were added to keep up continuity with the developing Maquis arc, something followed up in DS9 and Star Trek: Voyager (1995). 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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[Picard has asked Ro to infiltrate the Maquis]
Ro Laren: The way I see it, there's one good reason to take this mission; and that's to validate your faith in me.
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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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