Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4, Episode 4

Suddenly Human (13 Oct. 1990)

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



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Admiral Connaught Rossa


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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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 »


[Endar has implied a retaliatory strike, should Picard refuse to return Jono to him]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Are you saying that you're willing to go to war over this boy?
Captain Endar: Would you not, for your only son?
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A Battle we too often see
14 January 2014 | by (Jacksonville, Fl.) – See all my reviews

A strong episode about a battle we too often see played out in the media today.

A child adopted at a young age, and raised with a good family, is suddenly taken away from the only home they have ever known, simply because his biological family now asserts a claim on them.

Regardless who the winner is in these situations, the only victim in any such battle is going to the child. Instead of possibility of growing up with two family's, they will now have to give up one of them.

How often we lose that which should have been our main focus all along. The best for the child and what they want.

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