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The Enemy 

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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Beverly says in order to survive the Romulan needs a transfusion of compatible ribosomes. A ribosome is one of many organelles found inside all living cells, it's function is the synthesis of biological proteins. So there would be no way to just transfuse one persons ribosomes with another's, it would require replacing the entire cell. See more »


Lieutenant Worf: I am asked to give up the very lifeblood of my mother and my father to those who murdered them!
Commander William T. Riker: So you blame all Romulans for that?
Lieutenant Worf: Yes!
Commander William T. Riker: Forever? What if someday, the Federation made peace with the Romulans?
Lieutenant Worf: Impossible.
Commander William T. Riker: That's what your people said a few years ago, about Humans. Think how many died on both sides in that war. Would you and I be here now like this, if we hadn't been able to let go of the anger and the blame? Where does it end, Worf? If that Romulan dies... does his family carry ...
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Well written and well performed episode
20 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

LeVar Burton gets to be the lead for the second straight episode as he is finds himself alone on a planet that has powerful ionized storm which is making using the technology of the Enterprise very difficult. Geordi was part of an away team investigating the planet, called Galandon Core, and find a Romulan ship with an injured crew member. Since this was in Federation territory this is a major violation in the Federation/Romulan treaty. That is when Geordi gets left behind only to find himself alone with another Romulan officer on a planet which the ionized storm is slowly killing them.

Another situation is back aboard the Enterprise when they find out that the injured Romulan is in need of a transfusion. But after checking everyone on the ship the only match would be Worf. But the problem is that Worf will not submit to the transfusion since the Romulans are the ones that killed his parents.

An interesting episode that was enjoyable the entire time. Both situations had great moments and were shining performances by LeVon Burton and Michael Dorn. Another good episode in early season three season.

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