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Preemptive Strike 

Following her return from Advanced Tactical Training, Ro is sent to infiltrate the Maquis and finds herself torn between her loyalty to Picard and Starfleet and to her sympathy with the Maquis fighting "the good fight".

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Patrick Stewart

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), René Echevarria (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Michelle Forbes ... Lieutenant Ro Laren
John Franklyn-Robbins John Franklyn-Robbins ... Macias
Natalija Nogulich ... Admiral Alynna Nechayev
William Thomas Jr. William Thomas Jr. ... Santos
Shannon Cochran ... Kalita
Richard Poe ... Gul Evek
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Storyline

Ensign Ro Laren is welcomed back with a party after advanced tactical training. Almost immediately she's picked as best suited for an undercover mission in the demilitarized zone, to prevent the peace treaty with the Cardassians being undermined by illegally attacking Federation 'Maquis' ships. Given her ethnic and personal background, the conflict of loyalties grows as her covert mission to trap the resistance fighters succeeds. Written by KGF Vissers

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TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1994 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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The original title was "The Good Fight" but it sounded too similar to the series finale title Star Trek: The Next Generation: All Good Things... (1994). TV Guide used the original title when doing an article on the show's 7-year run. See more »

Goofs

In the opening battle with the Maquis, when the Enterprise disperses two of the ships with phaser fire, space appears to be shaking. This, however, seems to be a common effect whenever explosions occur, in order to simulate the shock wave. See more »

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[Ro has turned against Starfleet to join the Maquis]
Ro Laren: Could you tell Captain Picard something for me?
Commander William T. Riker: Of course, what is it?
Ro Laren: Tell him I'm sorry.
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Maquis: Part II (1994) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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This episode is a gem among stones.
13 March 2014 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

With lackluster shows in this final season, this episode proved to be a gem among the stones as this was an interesting tale with entertaining results. It begins as Ro Laren (Michelle Forbes) returns to the cast after graduating from Starfleet and returning to the Enterprise crew. She was able to return to Starfleet thanks to Captain Picard's recommendation and she wants to repay the Captain for the kindness shown. But the task that she will be assigned with prove difficult for her.

Due to problems with a group of rebels called the Maquis that are attacking Cardassain's ships, the peace treaty between the Cardassains and Starfleet could be in jeopardy. Ro will be assigned to infiltrate the rebel group and report where and when the Maquis plan to attack so that the Enterprise can put an end to this rebel group. However, Ro begins to have feeling for the rebel group and those feeling could risk her position with Starfleet and her loyalty and gratitude toward Captain Picard.

This is an entertaining story that returned the series to the roots of personal conflict within the plot. This season has been sugary stories that tend to rely more on writing so that each main character gets face time rather than developing a good story. This episode went back to getting an interesting plot and develop the situation around the story. A nice show indeed!


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