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 loses 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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16 May 1992 (USA)  »

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In "Timescape", the Enterprise-D would also transfer power to a Romulan vessel via a power transfer beam which, if uninterrupted, would destroy the ship. See more »

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When captain Picard and commander Riker are walking into the ready room where they are going to talk about the memorial service at 23:00 hours. You see Ro walk into the room from a rather impossible angle. 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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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Offbeat, but it works
22 May 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'The Next Phase' is a solid ghost story; except Geordi and Ro aren't dead, they're just de-phased. And how would that happen? A transporter malfunction! That well-worn trope used to kill, clone or just scramble someone's particles. How well the science holds here is anyone's guess (certainly not mine), but it's a fun episode and these characters make for an unlikely pairing. And the philosophical questions about death and what people will say about afterward are a nice touch.

7/10


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