Dr. Crusher meets the man in her dead grandmother's life when she tries to put her affairs in order, whom one of the local people warn her to stay away from by not lighting a candle that has been lit for generations.



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The Enterprise visit a colony which recreates the Scottish Highlands, where Dr. Beverly Crusher's very old grandmother is buried. Captain Picard accepts governor Maturin's invitation to stay and help repair the storm-damaged power supply. Her best friend, Ned Quint, warns against an heirloom and the ghost of her lover Ronin in general, about whom granny's diary is extraordinarily explicit. Beverly spends sometime in the house she inherits, and has an incredibly intense experience of dream-contact with the lover. Gradually she learns more about her 'inherited' virtual lover. Thus Ned's warning starts to make sense, but only after he got himself killed trying to sabotage the Enterprise power. Written by KGF Vissers

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29 January 1994 (USA)  »

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After the funeral at the beginning, Dr. Crusher asks Deanna to come with her to her Nana's house, and they both leave the cemetery together. In the next scene, when Picard is talking to Governor Maturin and they arrive at the fence, Deanna can be seen in the background roaming the cemetery on her own. Yet in the following scene again, she arrives with Dr. Crusher at the house. See more »


Ned Quint: Think what you want - see what you want. Just do as I say. Dinnae light that candle, and dinnae go to that huus, or before you know it, they'll be burying another Howard in this cemetery!
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Moderately Entertaining Ghost Story
12 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Most recognize this as a very weak episode. It is a ghost story, not unlike Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw." Beverly has returned to a planetary reincarnation of a Scottish village for the funeral of her grandmother. While there she goes to the old lady's house and soon there are the usual warnings about spirits. Apparently, the ninety-something woman had been having an affair with an ethereal guy named Ronin. Shortly thereafter, Beverly finds herself taken with image of this guy. He is able to come and go. He is able to enter her body as a kind of energy wave. She obviously is experiencing him sexually. She is the star of this show, and what ensues is a search for the source of his power. It just seemed out of place in this series.

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