While visiting a planet under civil war, Dr. Crusher is taken hostage by an opposing faction of the planet's ruling government.



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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 KGF Vissers

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When the first attack happens, Dr. Crusher "orders" Worf to get bandages. Her superior rank is not in his chain of command and his standing order to protect her comes from their superior, Captain Picard. Worf should have gotten her to a secure location with or without her consent. See more »


Doctor Beverly Crusher: [some of the Ansata terrorists] What happened to them?
Kyril Finn: It's the inverter. It's given our cause a new life, but it asks for our lives in return.
Doctor Beverly Crusher: What does it do?
Kyril Finn: We transport through a dimensional shift that the Rutian sensors can't trace.
Doctor Beverly Crusher: Dimensional shifting? You can't do that with humanoid tissue.
Kyril Finn: There are risks... the designers warned us. But... it works.
Doctor Beverly Crusher: [Beverly scans Finn with her tricorder] You're showing the same distorted readings. Not as severe as the others, but...
Kyril Finn: [brushes it off] It ...
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Science Fiction as scifi is intended to be
25 July 2007 | by (Maldives) – See all my reviews

This episode deals with the repercussions of terrorism. Not on its victims. But on the not inoccent-at-all bystanders: .

The crew of the Enterprise.

It poses the question of whether we should intervene in local affairs. Nowadays it can be seen as a commentary on the Israeli occupation, and annexation of the West bank,

or the Northern Ireland situation.

Hereby SF fullfills it function as social commentary on present day. This can be seen as Sci-Fi function to society. It is a mirror to our present day society.

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