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Sub Rosa 

Dr. Crusher meets the man in her dead grandmother's life when she tries to put her affairs in order, whom one of the local people warn her to stay away from by not lighting a candle that has been lit for generations.


Jonathan Frakes


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Brannon Braga (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
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
Michael Keenan ... Maturin
Shay Duffin ... Ned Quint
Duncan Regehr ... Ronin
Ellen Albertini Dow ... Felisa


The Enterprise visit a colony which recreates the Scottish Highlands, where Dr. Beverly Crusher's very old grandmother is buried. Captain Picard accepts governor Maturin's invitation to stay and help repair the storm-damaged power supply. Her best friend, Ned Quint, warns against an heirloom and the ghost of her lover Ronin in general, about whom granny's diary is extraordinarily explicit. Beverly spends sometime in the house she inherits, and has an incredibly intense experience of dream-contact with the lover. Gradually she learns more about her 'inherited' virtual lover. Thus Ned's warning starts to make sense, but only after he got himself killed trying to sabotage the Enterprise power. Written by KGF Vissers

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The notion of Beverly's grandmother being a healer can be traced back to Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Arsenal of Freedom (1988). Injured in a subterranean cavern, Beverly uses the medicinal knowledge of roots and herbs learned from her grandmother to assist Picard in treating her wounds. See more »


The premise of the story revolves around the "women of the Howard family," from mother to daughter. However, patrilineal traditions of Scottish history would dictate that the women, when married, would no longer be "Howard" women and neither would their descendants. Yet oddly, 800 years later, Beverly's grandmother is still a "Howard". This is not explained. See more »


Doctor Beverly Crusher: And when the candle's lit, then what happens?
Ronin: Then we'll be together - always.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Lower Decks: Veritas (2020) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Man, oh man . . .
8 November 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

I've heard plenty about 'Sub Rosa', most of it negative; but there's still the possibility of something being so-bad-it's-good, right? Sadly, that doesn't really apply here . . .

It all starts off well enough with a solemn eulogy, eventually blossoming into a trashy romance novel. Throw in the brainwashing angle, and it just gets worse. Maybe it played differently pre-"Twilight", but that's out of my hands.

You have to credit Gates McFadden for making the best of it. How often does a Beverly episode come along - and here it is, complete with green vapor sex scene. It has a decent closing scene makes some of this worth while, but will I ever revisit this episode in the future? Probably not.


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29 January 1994 (USA) See more »

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