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


Deanna and Dr. Crusher are inside "Nana's" house after the funeral service. Deanna tells Dr. Crusher that she will "head back to the ship." Then Deanna exits the house through the front door. Why? Can't she just tap her comm badge and have the Enterprise transport her from inside the house? Is there an unspoken transporter etiquette which doesn't allow a person to "beam directly in or out" of a person's 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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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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Anne Rice had nothing to do with this episode!
7 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

Someone has altered my sole IMDb credit on this episode until I (Jeanna F. Gallo) appear as a pseudonym for Anne Rice. I am not Anne Rice and I alone sold the story that became this episode, "Sub Rosa." None of us, myself, Jeri Taylor, or Brannon Braga had ever even read Anne Rice prior to this episode being made, any resemblance to one of her stories that allowed some 'imaginative' Trek fan to assume that she must have played a hand in its production is entirely coincidental. I can understand such speculation--but it should remain on fan boards and no mere hunch should be used to actually alter the IMDb database, it makes one question the validity of all listings when this happens.

Now--as for the episode itself, I was very pleased with the filmed representation of the Scottish planet. That was exactly as I envisioned and attempted to impart to the producers.

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