Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 5, Episode 7

Unification I (2 Nov. 1991)

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Picard and Data follow Spock into Romulan space on a dangerous mission.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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The Enterprise's mission is aborted to return to a star-base where Admiral Brackett charges them with investigating the disappearance, possibly defection to the ever-scheming Romulans, of dying Federation ambassador Sarek's son Spock, who didn't say goodbye to his parents but took all his personal belongings after a public row with Sarek over the Cardassian war. A visit from Picard makes them realize the key must be Romulan senator Pardek, with whom Spock maintains since years personal contacts, against Sarek's will. Meanwhile Klingon leader Gowron is writing the Federation's help in the civil war out of official history, so Picard resorts to suggestions to get him to provide a cloaked ship, reluctantly piloted by Captain K'Vada, for this mission, with Data, both prepared to impersonate Romulans on Romulus... Meanwhile Commander William T. Riker and Troy find examining the disappearance of a Federation ship to and from the Ferengi most dangerous... Written by KGF Vissers

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2 November 1991 (USA)  »

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This two-part episode contained 'graveyard' scenes full of wrecked and/or abandoned star-ships. These scenes were populated with study models that were considered for use in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) (as possible versions of the Enterprise) and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) (as the Excelsior). Some of the other wrecked ships were created via "kit-bashing," or by quickly mixing starship parts from many different models. See more »


When Picard meets Perrin on the Enterprise, he gives her a cup of mint tea that is filled up to a marked line on the mug. She paces away, then turns, and her tea is down a full inch without her drinking any. See more »


[last lines]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I have come on an urgent mission from the Federation. I'm looking for Ambassador Spock.
Spock: Indeed. You have found him, Captain Picard.
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References Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Unification with the Original Series.
25 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

ST:TNG:108 - "Unification, Part II" (Stardate: 45236.4) - this is the 7th episode of the 5th season of Star Trek: The Next Generation (as a NOTE, this is the 108th episode to go into production, whereas "Unification, Part II" was the 107th episode to go into production).

This is a pivotal 2-part episode, which aired in November 1991, coming at the time of Star Trek's 25th anniversary and tying it into Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (which was released a month after this episode in December). It also occurred at the time of Gene Roddenberry's death (he died in October 1991.

It concerns Spock (played by Leonard Nimoy), now an ambassador, who has seemingly defected over to the Romulan side. The Enterprise is sent to investigate this seeming defection. Traveling to Vulcan, Picard first meets dying Sarek (Mark Lenard is his last TNG appearance) for the last time, who informs Picard of Spock's relationship with a Romulan Senator Pardek of Romulus. Sarek also wants Picard to express his love for his son (since Sarek is in no condition to do so anymore).

Returning to the Enterprise, Picard concocts a plan where he and Data will go to Romulus in search of Spock and his real motives aboard a cloaked Klingon Vessel, while Riker in command of the Enterprise investigates a theft of a Vulcan Vessel.

An intriguing first part of the historic "Unification" episode, to be cherished by fans and non-fans alike.

Trivia note: Picard reemphasizes his role as Arbitor of Succession. Joanna Miles also returns as Perrin, Sarek's wife. And, there's mention of the talkative barber Mr. Mott.

Also, the Romulan Imperial Senate is seen (just like in Star Trek: Nemesis).

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