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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Episode cast overview:
Michael Keenan ...
Ned Quint


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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dream | 24th century | ritual




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This is the only time it is mentioned that Beverly Crusher is of Scottish descent. 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 »


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 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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All Aboard the Sub-Rosa Subway
22 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm glad the writer of this Ep posted here and explained it a little. Nothing is more offensive than to create something and have that creation attributed to someone else.

Now, the basic story may contain elements similar to the Anne Corn Wheat Rice story, but this Ep has nothing to do with VampyreGhostLycans and things of that nature. Although it does deal with the Supernatural, in the case of Star Trek: The Next Generation, all things Supernatural are also Scientific and, most importantly, Speculative.

This Episode has to do with Scotland... With the bloodlines of the Women of that land, tracing Dr. Beverly Crusher down through the ages to the Howard Women of that land, possibly to Mary Stuart herself. And so this puts Cheryl "Gates" McFadden in the same Limelight as other famous redheads, including Katherine Hepburn herself.

The look of the Ep is very Non-Trek, they used a location that was very much Scotland. A Whole Planet Scotland! This is what is wonderful about Trek, because somewhere in the cosmos, is a whole planet Ireland, and a whole planet Africa (This was explored in the first season episode "Code of Honour" and the planet Ligon II) - And so, just for this Ep, we have a whole planet of Moors, and Crags, and we can envision Clan Macloud eventually settling there.

I agree there are some Religious overtones here, but they are represented as Tradition, during Felisa Howard's funeral.

Now, as a Trek Ep, we already knew that Ronin was not a Ghost. Ronin was a good name for the Character, although not an Unemployed and Honour-less Samurai, pretending he is a Ghost. But the speculation of what he actually is, the kind of Life Form he is, and that he had lived with Crusher's ForeMothers through the Ages, is just interesting.

This Episode expresses Regret, because after all that happens and the decision Beverly has to make, we see after all she regretted having to take that step. And that we share that feeling of loss at the end, makes this Episode one of the best of the series, and certainly an example of a well written Trek story. It is too bad that the writer was never allowed to write any more tales for the Trek Universe of the time.

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