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The Defector 

When a Romulan officer defects to the Federation with a warning of a impending invasion, Capt. Picard struggles to decide if he is to be believed.

Director:

Robert Scheerer

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Ronald D. Moore | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard / Michael Williams
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
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher (credit only)
James Sloyan ... Setol / Adm. Alidar Jarok
Andreas Katsulas ... Cmdr. Tomalak
John Hancock ... Adm. Haden
Simon Templeman ... John Bates (as S.A. Templeman)
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Storyline

Data was discovering the human condition by Shakespearian acting, when Picard gets informed a craft entered the Neutral Zone. It's identified as a Romulan scout, which claims to need urgently asylum from a persecutor. The wounded Setol gets it, and warns the Romulans nearly finished building a base on a planet in the Neutral Zone, in order to occupy it and from there strike 15 neighboring Federation zones with a fleet of war birds, which would mean another full war, but still remains rather defensive, at times hostile. Commander Riker and counselor Troi are charged with questioning him further, in case it's a ploy to lure them into the zone as a war pretext. The admiralty refuses the Empire's demand to return the defector, and orders Picard to find out if the threat is real. After technological means came to contradictory conclusions, Setol discloses his real identity, and that's not the last surprising twist... Written by KGF Vissers

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Trivia

This episode introduces two new Romulan military ranks: admiral and sublieutenant. See more »

Goofs

In the "Battle of Agincourt" Holodeck, when Data tells the computer to "freeze program", the campfire keeps flickering, and the guard's spear trembles. See more »

Quotes

Admiral Jarok: [as Setal] This. This is my home now, my future. I have sacrificed everything. It must not be in vain. Arrange a meeting between myself and Captain Picard. Tell him Admiral Jarok wants to see him.
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Connections

Referenced in Battlestar Galactica: Hero (2006) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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One of Katsulas' finest moments....
16 February 2006 | by David_Powell3006-1See all my reviews

Worth it for not only James Sloyan's incredible work as the title character, and the performances by the series regulars which met all their usual standards and then some, but for the incredible delivery of one of the best "promos" ever in Star Trek history by Andreas Katsulas on Picard and the Enterprise near the end. Just awesome, awesome, awesome... truly the crescendo of the episode. Watching Sloyan, Katsulas and Stewart in that scene is incredible. When I heard today that Mr. Katsulas had passed on, it was one of the first memories of his performances that came to mind. Cool, perfect, and utterly gripping.


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Country:

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Language:

English | Klingon

Release Date:

1 January 1990 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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