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 Wesley leaves to setup the probe for the modified neutrino beacon near the end of Act One, his position is taken over by another crewman as Worf picks up the transmission from Tomalak. At the start of Act Two when Picard has Worf hail the Romulans, there is a shot of Data AND Wesley sitting at their positions as Picard talks to Tomalak. Two scenes later, Wesley returns to the bridge to tell Picard the probe is ready to launch and then returns to his position. See more »


Commander Tomalak: Territories! You would measure territories against a man's life?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Commander, I am singularly impressed by your concern for *a* life. Do not risk any more lives by leaving the Neutral Zone!
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Defector (1990) See more »


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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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