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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Thomas Kopache has played Mirok in TNG "The Next Phase", Train Engineer in TNG "Emergence", Enterprise-B communications officer in Star Trek Generations, Viorsa in Voyager "The Thaw", Kira Taban in DS9 "Ties of Blood and Water" and "Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night", Tos in Enterprise "Broken Bow" and a Sphere Builder test subject in Enterprise "Harbinger". See more »


Picard says Ro lost her commission after the incident at Garon IV. It was actually Garon II, as explained in her introduction in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Ensign Ro. See more »


Lieutenant Worf: I am very happy for Commander La Forge. He has crossed over to that which is beyond. For a Klingon, this is a joyful time. A friend has died in the line of duty, and he has earned a place among the honored dead. It is not a time to mourn.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Timescape (1993) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Very Good but also has a goof that is not explained in the others
5 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved this episode, it was very good and it also gets you thinking how crazy this could end up really being if it had happened to you...

The only thing that wasn't mentioned in the goofs that I know I heard because I have DVR and replayed it was when ensign ro was fighting the romulan in the couples room and data trys to enter the room and when the lieutenant opens the door and is surprised to see data he goes Brent... which is actually data's first name outside the show....

This would have to be the only goof that is not mentioned and it was truthfully to me the easiest one to catch and is not hard to miss when the guy says out loud BRENT! and I am surprised they did not try to fix this or correct it...

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