Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 5, Episode 24

The Next Phase (16 May 1992)

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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 episode was originally intended to be a cost-cutting "bottle show". It wound up being one of the most expensive episodes of the season. See more »

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Geordi La Forge and Ro Laren are accidentally cloaked and phased, meaning that they become invisible and their molecules pass through other matter (in other words, they are like ghosts). While it is questionable why, in this state, they are still able to touch certain items and don't pass through the floor, they obviously can still breathe and communicate with each other, given that they are in the same phase with each other. After all, there is no reason to assume that there isn't any phased air around them as well, which would make these things possible to them. See more »

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Ensign Ro Laren: [still phased, to Riker] Now I s'ppose I'll never know what you were gonna say about me.
[shoots him in the head with a phased disruptor]
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Timescape (1993) See more »

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One of my personal favourites.
6 February 2010 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

One of my personal favourites. You may think why, well I just think there's something special bout it. I mean sure the technical stuff hardly make any sense, but who cares. Also it brings us slighter into the mind of Ro Laren, a character we don't see to much of. Also it's funny what a good duo her and Geordi can be, since he most of the time is in "Data episodes".

The special effects also impressed me much the first time I saw this episode. I mean Star Ttrek have tried something similar before, but it has never looked so good. It looks incredibly real, and except for one slip off, the episodes effects are almost flawless, and pretty good even by todays standards.

I love the tension that is build up in this episode. With the Romilans plans, and the "you know who" guy ( I don't like to spoil thing) just makes this and incredible exiting episode. And since Tasha dies, we all feel that main characters dying aren't that unfeasible, so were always slightly worried about what will happen next.

It is just an exiting episode, with a great ending (I don't get Geordi's joke though)and great special effects. This is what Star Trek is for me, good character relations, and a weird problem to be solved within a time limit. It's just plane fun to watch. I give this episode a 9/10.


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