On a rescue mission to an alien shipwrecked training mission, they discover one of its trainees to be a human.



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The Enterprise rescues a small group Talerian adolescents, all wearing uniforms. They were on a training mission and one of them, Jono, turns out to be human. A medical scan reveals several healed injuries leading Dr. Crusher to believe Jono may have been abused. Data identifies the boy as Jeremiah Rossa, grandson of Federation Admiral Connaught Rossa. His parents were killed when the Talerians attacked their colony and the boy was apparently taken prisoner. Although a human, the boy has been fully assimilated into the warlike and highly patriarchal Talerian culture. When the Talerian Captain Endar, who claims Jono as is son, demands the boy's return, Picard refuses. Written by garykmcd

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13 October 1990 (USA)  »

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47 reference: The Talarian observation craft the Enterprise responded to is in Sector 21947. See more »


Data clearly checks his cards when playing the card game. As an android, he would not need to check what cards he has - they would be committed to memory. He could, of course, be 'mimicking' human behaviour. In reality he was checking so that viewers at home could see his hand. See more »


Jono: [about his quarters] I don't like this place.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: We could find some other quarters.
Jono: I've always lived with my Captain.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Ah... Yes, well, that wouldn't work here.
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Edited into Star Trek: The Next Generation: Force of Nature (1993) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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When a disabled ship's tiny crew is brought on board the Enterprise, they assume they have been kidnapped and mistreated. They are Talarian's except for one, a handsome, blonde teenaged boy. He considers himself one of them and fears the crew. It turns out that when he was a little boy, the Talarians killed his parents. His only living relative is his grandmother who happens to be an admiral in Starfleet. He is put in a different setting than his crewmates and Picard, reluctantly, becomes his mentor. It is eventually revealed that the Captain of a Talarian vessel adopted him after the fatal battle. He wants his son back. The issue becomes, how do we treat someone who has only known one way of life. The initial effort is to return him to his childhood roots. He understands this but it miserable with it. He is also expected to act as those on the Enterprise do. The alien Captain gives Picard an ultimatum. Give the boy back or face all out war with heavy casualties. An interesting dilemma and worth a look.

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