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Sub Rosa 

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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Cmdr. William Riker
Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Lieutenant Worf


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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1.33 : 1
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This is one of only five TNG episodes that doesn't have a stardate. The others are "Symbiosis", "First Contact", "Tapestry" and "Liaisons". Since Troi is still a Lieutenant commander, the episode happens earlier than 47611.2 where she becomes a Commander ("Thine Own Self"). On Netflix if you watch it with English subtitles at the end when Picard says "Captain's log supplemental" the captions say stardate 47488.2. See more »


Maturin had very good eyesight. The nearest point of the Highlands to Glamis Castle is well over 50 miles away. Equally, to recreate the Highlands using foundation stones from Inverness, Fort William and Wick would have been more useful than the Lowland cities mentioned. See more »


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I'm really anxious to meet this remarkable young man who has swept away not just one, but two of the Howard women.
Doctor Beverly Crusher: Jealousy doesn't suit you, Jean-Luc.
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References The Innocents (1961) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Literally Awful in Every Way
25 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

In any television series that runs for seven years, there are bound to be some bad episodes, but Sub Rosa is an exceptional stinker. I think the other reviewers did an excellent job picking apart the ridiculous plot and pointing out Gates McFaddin's poorer than usual acting. However it takes an exceptional piece of garbage for the person who wrote the episode to provide their own review. The author was attempting to justify why the episode was not a blatant rip off of a vampire pulp novel and how pleased they were at creating the proper Scotland in space atmosphere. Perhaps if we added the author's disclaimer to the start of this episode, it would somehow make this disaster any better to watch.

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