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Ensign Ro 

Captain Picard foils a plot against the Bajorans with his new Bajoran officer, Ensign Ro.


Les Landau


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Michael Piller (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Michelle Forbes ... Ensign Ro Laren
Scott Marlowe ... Keeve Falor
Frank Collison ... Gul Dolak
Jeff Hayenga Jeff Hayenga ... Orta (as Jeffrey Hayenga)
Harley Venton Harley Venton ... Ensign Collins
Ken Thorley ... Mr. Mot
Cliff Potts ... Adm. Kennelly
Whoopi Goldberg ... Guinan


An emergency call from Solarion IV, a colony near the Cardassian-Federation border, is followed by Orta's space-ship's claim to have destroyed it as part of his Bajoran race's struggle to reclaim their ancient civilization's independence from the Cardassians. Admiral Kennelly decides the Enterprise's mission to settle that dispute peacefully requires a Bajoran officer and therefore assigns, without consulting Picard, female Ensign Ro Laren, whom he had to release from jail first, to the whole crew's dismay. After receiving blankets, the Bajoran refugee camp leader Keeve Falor arranges a meeting with Orta. There Picard finds former refugee Ro Laren came with a secret Bajorian agenda herself, but she tells him it's not just hers, the admiral is behind it. Then two Cardassian ships appear and their commander Gul Dolak demands the Enterprise deliver to them the ship of the Bajorans which the Enterprise is resettling as terrorists; Picard deals with the dark plot. Written by KGF Vissers

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Originally the Romulans were to appear in the episode as Bajor's aggressors/occupiers. Rick Berman felt the Romulans were being overused, and inspired by their recent introduction in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Wounded (1991), suggested the Cardassians instead. See more »


The Admiral tells Picard it has been "almost 40 years" since the Cardassians annexed the Bajoran home world. Picard then says it has been "generations" since the Bajorans had a home. Since a generation is only 25-30 years, it would not really be "generations." See more »


[first lines]
Mr. Mot: There's a time when you want to call a Romulan's bluff and there's a time when you don't, wouldn't you say?
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Data's Day (1991) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Welcome Ensign Ro
31 August 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

We meet the Bajorans and the conflict with their arch rivals, the Kardassians. Ensign Ro who was court-martialed has been dumped into Picard's lap. She is to aid the Enterprise in the capture of a terrorist who supposedly has committed genocide in a Kardassian stronghold. She is feisty and incorrigible. She has little respect for her uniform but feels working with the Enterprise beats sitting in a prison cell. The Bajorans will become a significant force when "Deep Space Nine" appears later. This all takes place because an Admiral has been hoodwinked by the Kardassians. He is so stuck in his obsessions that he produces orders well out of his command. Picard, who is very careful to analyze before jumping to conclusions, begins to see that something is not quite right. He takes the time to find out what is going on with Ro. Her acceptance of and by the crew are critical to what takes place next. Guinan, who only appears when things are difficult to interpret, plays a major role in this episode. Make an effort to see this.

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5 October 1991 (USA) See more »

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