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The Lieutenant Commander whom Ro refers to (her instructor at Starfleet Advanced Tactical Training who joined the Maquis) was supposed to be a subtle nod toward Chakotay. But this intention was later contradicted in Star Trek: Voyager: In the Flesh (1998), where we learn that Chakotay resigned his Starfleet commission in 2368, two years before Ro's time on the course.
The Bajoran dish "hasperat" that Ro served to Macias was actually a thick sandwich wrap, stuffed with sour cream, burrito seasonings and vegetables.
We see an Indian on one of the Maquis ships. It is possible he is from Dorvan V, the colony that Starfleet handed over to the Cardassians in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Journey's End (1994). Which may be why he joined the Maquis.
The only time the Maquis appear in TNG. We get to see the DMZ too, after being established in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Journey's End (1994).
Macias was named after a freedom fighter in Cuba's War of Independence from Spain in the late 19th century.
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).
This episode contains the only instance of Ro being (correctly and intentionally) referred to by her given name - when Captain Picard meets her at the bar and asks "Laren, what is going on?"
Shannon Cochran later reprised her role as Kalita in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Defiant". Jonathan Frakes also reprised his role as Thomas Riker from "Second Chances" in that episode.
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The last episode directed by Patrick Stewart. Also the last episode directed by a member of the cast. Avery Brooks would follow his example and direct Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Dogs of War (1999), the penultimate episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). Also the only episode of TNG directed by Stewart not to feature Data in a prominent role.
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).
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The Bajoran food hasperat makes its debut here. It is more often found in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993).
The original title was "The Good Fight" but it sounded too similar to the series finale title Star Trek: The Next Generation: All Good Things... (1994). TV Guide used the original title when doing an article on the show's 7-year run.
The penultimate episode of the show. To mark the occasion, TV Guide presented a special retrospective issue devoted to the long-running show, which had been on the air for seven years and was now about to end.
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The bird sculptures seen in the conference room of the Maquis previously appeared in Marla Aster's house in the third season episode "The Bonding" and in the reception area at Arkaria Base in the sixth season episode "Starship Mine".
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Klingons, Vulcans and Native Americans as village extras was a subtle suggestion towards the cast lineup on the soon-to-begin Star Trek: Voyager (1995).
Patrick Stewart directed several TNG episodes including "In Theory", "Hero Worship", "A Fistful of Datas", "Phantasms" and "Preemptive Strike".
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The Varon-T disruptor prop makes an appearance as the weapon Kalita levels at Ro Laren during her interrogation.
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Picard's Kurlan naiskos makes another appearance following his previous ones in "The Chase", "Genesis", and "Bloodlines". It will make its final appearance in Star Trek Generations.
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The wall-mounted lights in the conference room are also seen in the Volan III council chamber in the episodes DS9: "The Maquis, Part I" and DS9: "The Maquis, Part II".
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This takes place in 2370.
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Geordi, Deanna and Beverly get very little screentime. Geordi and Deanna only appear in the opening scene at Ten-Forward. Beverly appears in that scene, and a brief appearance in Sickbay.
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Some of the chairs the Maquis use would later be added to the sets for the USS Voyager in Star Trek: Voyager (1995).
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This episode marks the fifth and last time Riker participates in an undercover assignment in the series.
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The last Bajoran/Cardassian story in the series.
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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.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Ro's departure to the Maquis was intended to set her up as a main character in Star Trek: Voyager (1995), however Michelle Forbes was unwilling to commit to a series, so Roxann Dawson, playing the character B'Elanna Torres, took her place.
Michelle Forbes makes her final appearance as Ro Laren. This was her only episode as a Lieutenant after being an Ensign for two years. She defects to the Maquis, ending her Starfleet career for the second time.

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