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 »


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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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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Don't Go Into the Neutral Zone With Anyone Else But Me!
15 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Geordi finds himself in a deep hole as he wanders during a planetary storm. The rest of his team has to return to the ship and leave him behind. The others have found an injured Romulan and have brought him to sick bay. The Romulans, liars that they are, have invaded the neutral zone and are doing all kinds of posturing. Picard is afraid that if the guy dies, it will set up reason for the Romulans to go to war with the Federation. Meanwhile, Geordi gets out of his predicament and is exploring to find a way to contact the Enterprise. He is struck on the back of his head by another Romulan who is ill. When LaForge awakens, he can't reason with his captor. This race is dedicated to war and conquest and to cotton to Geordi's wishes would be seen as weakness. Unfortunately, the storm that has caused so much misery is a symptom of a kind of radiation on the planet that is making the Romulan sick and disorienting Geordi. On board, there is a kind of brinkmanship going on as Picard tries to reason with his adversaries while trying to figure out what is up with his engineer. Also, there is an issue with Worf. His mother and father, who were killed by Romulans, are constantly in his mind. Crusher realizes that the only thing that will save their "guest"s life would be a transfusion from Worf. This puts him a in serious moral dilemma. There is a scene where he is called in front of Picard. It's obvious he will give the blood if Picard orders it. Picard simply dismisses him. This is really a well done episode.

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