When most away-teams are visiting the Ruthian planet under civil war since 70 years between two continents, Dr. Crusher is taken hostage while attending local wounded by an Ensata (western continent) autonomist faction of the ruling government which uses terrorist techniques such as bomb attacks. Her son Wesley Crusher is assigned to Lieutenant Worf's technology team, and spots radiation traces indicating the use of life-threatening dimension shift techniques abandoned by Federation research because of the health toll, which fit perfectly the Ruthian government's nightmare, 'inverters' used by the Ensata revolt to dodge all scans. Her keeper Kyril Finn, the Ensata leader, shows the great need for medical aid their side is not getting from the Federation, alas the inverter causes DNA warping she can't treat, and explains how he hopes to make the Federation end the bloody conflict at last. Discussions and attacks go on... Written by
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Due to a line from Data, in reference to the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) and the Reunification of Ireland in 2024, the episode was originally banned in the UK and Eire, not airing in the usual running order on BBC television. In 2006, it showed on Sky One (who had assumed the broadcast rights) with the 'offending' line edited out. It was eventually shown unedited on BBC2 in September 2007 in the after-midnight repeat slot. See more
The away team that beams into the terrorists' underground lair to rescue Capt. Picard and Dr. Crusher is led by Cmdr. Riker. With Picard taken hostage by the terrorists, Riker is in effective command of the ship. As such, his position is on the bridge and not heading an away mission. (This point would be made clear in "The Best of Both Worlds" (#3.26), when Riker tries to take command of the away mission to rescue Picard from the Borg and Counselor Troi reminds him that his duty is on the bridge.) See more
Doctor Beverly Crusher
What happened to them?
It's the inverter. It's given our cause a new life, but... it asks for our lives in return.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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