LaForge gets left behind on a storm-plagued planet when the rest of his team encounters a Romulan warrior.



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Responding to an unidentified distress signal from the inhospitable planet Galondancor, deep in Federation space, a landing party finds a crashed Romulan vessel and brings in one badly wounded survivor, but Geordi LaForge, who fell in a deep crevice, failed to beam back up during a storm, and non-cranial brain injury to the Romulan suggests he too is in danger of magnetic radiation. Data intercepts a Romulan ship signal announcing it will pass the neutral zone in six hours; Picard forbids that but must promise to deliver the wounded, after recovering Geordi. Despite the Romulan's assurance, Geordi is surprised by an armed other Romulan survivor and is blinded by the radiation; they should collaborate to survive. Klingon Lt. Worf proves the only possible donor to save the captive, but objects to helping the species which killed his parents. The Romulan rescue ship's commander Tomalak being found a lier and most impatient, Picard fears a casus belli... Written by KGF Vissers

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4 November 1989 (USA)  »

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First of four appearances by Andreas Katsulas as Romulan Commander Tomalak. See more »


When Geordi falls down the hole, his visor lands on his right hand side above his arm. When he comes to, he finds his visor on the left hand side. See more »


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: If the point has not yet been made clearly Commander, let me make it again: Romulan warbirds do not enter Federation space unless they are prepared to do battle.
Commander Tomalak: But on a mission of mercy?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: A mission - to recover one of your officers, who has been caught on a Federation planet, for reasons as yet unknown.
Commander Tomalak: I have already explained...
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: And I have rejected your explanation!
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Defector (1990) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Wonderful episode.
29 September 2009 | by (Dallas, TX) – See all my reviews

I could write a very long review of this episode, but I'll try to keep this brief. This is one of my very favorite episodes in the Star Trek franchise - Star Trek doesn't get any better than this. The script is expertly-written, and the episode deals with some very weighty issues in a very impressive manner. The acting is superb - especially from Michael Dorn, LeVar Burton, and the actor who plays one of the Romulan survivors on the planet. The characters are deep and very well-developed, and the storyline gets better and better throughout the entire episode. I highly recommend it.

It's also one of the best episodes to show your friends who are not familiar with this franchise. It requires very little understanding of the Star Trek universe to enjoy. It is also a very intelligent episode, with a myriad of references to history, politics, racism, duty, honor and trust. If you watch this, I hope you'll agree with me that it compares very favorably to any expertly-written drama on television.

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