Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 7, Episode 14

Sub Rosa (29 Jan. 1994)

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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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Names on the tombstones include "Vader" and "McFly". See more »


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 »


Doctor Beverly Crusher: Rest in peace, Nana.
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One of the few lemons in the series.
6 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Every so often a series will have an episode that is not up to the standards we expect. This episode proves that 'TNG' is also hit by the clunker syndrome.

In this episode we have Doctor Crusher attending her grandmother's funeral where she finds out that her 90+ year old granny had a 30 something lover. But is seems that the lover is a ghost that haunts the family and now Beverly is next in line. And supposedly the ghost has the sexual prowess to convince Beverly to resign her commission and start a new life on the Scottish planet. And all his power comes from a candle that Beverly was warned about at the beginning of the episode.

It will be easy to blame this episode on Gates McFadden but the fault should be squarely on the writers. They tried to make this a sexual episode that would appeal to women bring them into the fold of the series. But what they ended up with is a cheap dollar love story that did little to cause any interest.

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