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Picard is found on Romulus by senator Pardek, who brings him to ambassador Spock, who explains his secret 'cowboy diplomacy' is about the off chance of a Vulcan-Romulan reunification thanks to an old, recently significantly grown philosophically friendly Romulan underground party, which includes the rising new proconsul Neral, who claims the Romulan senate itself can no longer resist the people's outcry for peace, but is actually in league with Sela. Klingon captain K'Vada isn't amused when Data claims he may be able to crack the Romulan encryption log. Vulcan-human half-blood Spock and android Data exchange views on the virtues of emotional and cool logical qualities. Meanwhile commander Riker's Ferengi investigation for the stolen Vulcan ship continues, starting with the mundane wife of the smuggler who died while pursued and finds a Barolian ship was involved. Spock and Picard fear rightly it all ties together in a Romulan war plot... Written by KGF Vissers

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9 November 1991 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Data is the only non-Vulcan/Romulan to successfully pull off the Vulcan neck pinch (at least on screen), except for Captain Picard in the TNG episode "Starship Mine". See more »


Data inadvertently used a contraction before giving Sela the Vulcan neck pinch, saying "I've disconnected certain sensors to allow us to exit. I'm afraid I cannot allow you to warn your guards". See more »


Ambassador Spock: Perhaps you're aware of the small role I played in the overture to peace with the Klingons.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: *History* is aware of the role you played, Ambassador.
Ambassador Spock: Not entirely. It was I who committed Captain Kirk to that peace mission and I who had to bear the responsibility for the consequences to him and to his crew. Quite simply, I am unwilling to risk anyone's life but my own on this occasion. So I ask that you respect my wishes and leave.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Ambassador, your logic escapes me. If I didn't know better, I would...
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Face of the Enemy (1993) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Without Sela, I would have loved this
22 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I like the Romulans--they're sneaky jerks and make for excellent villains in the Star Trek universe. So, I expected to love this two- part episode about these tricksy folks. However, the appearance of Sela (Denise Crosby) at the end really left a bad taste in my mouth. After all, the way they re-inserted Denise Crosby into the show seemed incredibly contrived and her new character was about as one-dimensional has her old Tasha Yar. She really deserved better than this.

As for the episode, it's the second of two episodes and once again it finds Picard and Data on Romulus in disguise as Romulans. They're trying to figure out if the peace overtures some Romulans have made towards Spock are real or yet another plot to harm the Federation. It's all very nice to see and I enjoyed it up until Sela arrived--then I mostly lost interest.

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