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Ellen Albertini Dow (Felisa Howard) died on May 4, 2015 at the age of 101. At the time of her death, she was the longest lived actor in "Star Trek" history. However, she has since been surpassed by Norman Lloyd, who played Professor Richard Galen in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Chase (1993). On November 8, 2016, he became the first "Star Trek" actor to celebrate his 102nd birthday.
Names on the tombstones include "Vader" and "McFly".
The title is Latin for 'under the rose', an expression meaning 'secretly', as roses were displayed at Roman gatherings as a signal that what was said there was meant to be confidential. Its one of seven Trek episodes with a Latin name.
This is the only time it is mentioned that Beverly Crusher is of Scottish descent.
The last TNG episode directed by Jonathan Frakes. Among the cast, he was the show's most prolific director. Frakes would go on to direct two of the TNG movies: Star Trek: First Contact (1996) and Star Trek: Insurrection (1998).
Translated from Japanese, ronin means "drifting person". Its generally used to refer to a Samurai warrior who lacked a master. The writers made up the name before learning the meaning in Japanese.
Duncan Regehr later played the Bajoran hero Shakaar in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). Michael Keenan would also appear in DS9 and Star Trek: Voyager (1995).
Governor Maturin is possibly named for Doctor Stephen Maturin in the Master & Commander books by Patrick O'Brian. M&C, like Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek (1966), was inspired by C.S. Forester's naval stories of Captain Horatio Hornblower.
One of the rare allusions toward Christianity in a Star Trek episode. The mourners at the funeral utter 'Amen' and bless themselves in the Christian tradition.
At the 50th anniversary "Star Trek" convention in Las Vegas in August 2016, fans voted this the sixth worst episode of the "Star Trek" franchise.
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The notion of Beverly's grandmother being a healer can be traced back to the first season episode TNG: "The Arsenal of Freedom". Injured in a subterranean cavern, Beverly uses the medicinal knowledge of roots and herbs learned from her grandmother to assist Picard in treating her wounds.
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The premise of the story revolves around the "women of the Howard family," from mother to daughter, however, patrilineal traditions would dictate that the women, when married, would no longer be "Howard" women and neither would their descendants, but oddly, 800 years later, Beverly's grandmother is still a "Howard". This is not explained.
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This takes place in 2370.
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The plot strongly resembles the Anne Rice novel The Witching Hour, although the writers claim to have been unaware of this at the time. It is more likely that both stories were dependent on Henry James's The Turn of the Screw, also known as The Innocents (1961). Ned Quint and Jessel Howard are named for Peter Quint and Miss Jessel from The Turn of the Screw, which was written in the 1890s.
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The production staff noted that fan response to the episode was split along gender lines, with men hating "Sub Rosa" and women loving it.
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47 reference: Ronin says he was born in 1647.
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Duncan Regehr (Ronin) played the role of Shakaar in the DS9 episodes Shakaar, Crossfire and The Begotten.
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Felisa was named for Brannon Braga's grandmother, who had died shortly before this episode was written.
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The episode had the working title "Passions".
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Felisa was said to be at least 100 years old at the time of her death, though her grave stone gives her birth year as 2291, which would make her only about 79 (which was much closer to the actual age of her performer Ellen Albertini Dow, who was about 80 years old at the time of filming). Interestingly, Dow would in fact live to be over one hundred years old.
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Property master Alan Sims was surprised during the filming of this episode when the actress chosen to play Felisa Howard turned out to be Ellen Albertini Dow, his college drama teacher in 1972.
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This episode is one of eight Star Trek episodes with Latin titles. The others are "Dramatis Personae", "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges", "Ex Post Facto", "Non Sequitur", "Alter Ego", "Terra Nova" and "Vox Sola".
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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.
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Michael Keenan has appeared in three Star Trek spinoffs. He has played the roles of Maturin in TNG: "Sub Rosa", Hrothgar in DS9: "Heroes and Demons", and Patrick in the DS9 episodes "Statistical Probabilities" and "Chrysalis".
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