A transporter malfunction, combined with a Romulan ship under stress and a damaged cloaking device, creates the illusion that Ensign Ro and Geordi are dead, but Geordi doesn't believe it to be so, and he acts accordingly.

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After successfully responding to a Romulan vessel's engine failure distress call, Riker's Enterprise rescue team looses all traces of Geordi and Ensign Ro Laren while they beam back aboard; Data ponders on an appropriate memorial service given their different cultural traditions. The two find they are transported aboard but immaterial, unnoticed by other Enterprise crew. Lo thinks they're dead, Geordi gradually works out, like Data aboard, they must be affected by a Klingon-type cloaking technology aboard the Romulan ship interfering with another damaged system. Lo discovers there's a Romulan beamed up with them, who is ready to protect the secret by killing them... Written by KGF Vissers

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This takes place in 2368. See more »

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When Ro is running through the ship to escape the Romulan, she runs in a straight line even though this is the least likely strategy to succeed. As evidenced by her attempt to attack the Romulan in the holodeck, neither phased being can see through walls, so Ro could have tried to attack again or simply have run in a different direction, and the Romulan would have had no way of knowing which way she went. See more »

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Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: [after he and Ro have rematerialized in the middle of their own memorial service] Well, it looks like a great party. You mind if we join you?
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Timescape (1993) See more »

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When the Saints Go Marching In
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Too many logical failures
15 May 2016 | by (Brandywine, MD) – See all my reviews

I don't understand the high rating of this episode. Why do the floors support the phased/cloaked people? Why can Ro touch her control panel and not put her hand through it? Why did it take so long to figure out nobody could see her and why did she take on such a passive roll, at first? How did the Romulan become phased and cloaked? How could he have been sitting in his seat without passing through it?

Of course, the problem was solved by magic gobbledygook technology. The obligatory "5 seconds to total destruction" scenes ensue.

There are so many breakdowns in logic in the episode, so it is impossible to take the theological discussions seriously


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