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Ro Laren's story arc concludes.

Author: russem31 from United States
5 May 2006

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ST:TNG:176 - "Preemptive Strike" (Stardate: 47941.7) - this is the 24th episode of the 7th and last season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

The newly promoted Lt. Ro Laren (Michelle Forbes in her first appearance since the 5th season) returns to the Enterprise and immediately embarks on an undercover mission to infiltrate the Maquis - a group living in the Demilitarized Zone who is against the Cardassians since the peace treaty since they are now on part of Cardassian territory instead of Federation (they will become a formidable foe in DS9 and VOY).

Ro only takes this mission out of loyalty to Picard, being uneasy helping the Cardassians since she is Bajoran. After learning more about the Maquis, she grows more sympathetic with their cause. And due to this conflict of loyalties, Ro Laren is torn . . . but must soon make a choice.

Trivia note: Deep Space Nine is mentioned here.

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This episode is a gem among stones.

Author: kfo9494 from United States
13 March 2014

With lackluster shows in this final season, this episode proved to be a gem among the stones as this was an interesting tale with entertaining results. It begins as Ro Laren (Michelle Forbes) returns to the cast after graduating from Starfleet and returning to the Enterprise crew. She was able to return to Starfleet thanks to Captain Picard's recommendation and she wants to repay the Captain for the kindness shown. But the task that she will be assigned with prove difficult for her.

Due to problems with a group of rebels called the Maquis that are attacking Cardassain's ships, the peace treaty between the Cardassains and Starfleet could be in jeopardy. Ro will be assigned to infiltrate the rebel group and report where and when the Maquis plan to attack so that the Enterprise can put an end to this rebel group. However, Ro begins to have feeling for the rebel group and those feeling could risk her position with Starfleet and her loyalty and gratitude toward Captain Picard.

This is an entertaining story that returned the series to the roots of personal conflict within the plot. This season has been sugary stories that tend to rely more on writing so that each main character gets face time rather than developing a good story. This episode went back to getting an interesting plot and develop the situation around the story. A nice show indeed!

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When You Know the Enemy

Author: Hitchcoc from United States
17 October 2014

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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