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The Enemy 

La Forge gets left behind on a storm-plagued planet when the rest of his team encounters a Romulan warrior.


David Carson


Gene Roddenberry (created by), David Kemper | 2 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
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
John Snyder ... Centurion Bochra
Andreas Katsulas ... Cmdr. Tomalak
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Steve Rankin ... Patahk


Responding to an unidentified distress signal from the inhospitable planet Galorndon Core, deep in Federation space, a landing party finds a crashed Romulan vessel and brings in one badly wounded survivor, but Geordi La Forge, who fell in a deep crevice, failed to beam back up during a storm, and non-cranial brain injury to the Romulan suggests he too is in danger of magnetic radiation. Data intercepts a Romulan ship signal announcing it will pass the neutral zone in six hours; Picard forbids that but must promise to deliver the wounded, after recovering Geordi. Despite the Romulan's assurance, Geordi is surprised by an armed other Romulan survivor and is blinded by the radiation; they should collaborate to survive. Klingon Lt. Worf proves the only possible donor to save the captive, but objects to helping the species which killed his parents. The Romulan rescue ship's commander Tomalak being found a liar and most impatient, Picard fears a casus belli. Written by KGF Vissers

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Guest stars John Snyder and Andreas Katsulas later both appeared on Babylon 5 (1993); Snyder as two different characters in season one, and Katsulas as the regular character G'Kar. See more »


When Geordi falls down the hole, his visor lands on his right hand side above his arm. When he comes to, he finds his visor on the left hand side. See more »


Lieutenant Worf: [on how to deal with the injured Romulan] My Starfleet training tells me one thing. But everything I am tells me another.
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References Enemy Mine (1985) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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One of LeVar Burton's best performances....
16 February 2006 | by David_Powell3006-1See all my reviews

When LeVar Burton was cast in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" in 1987, he brought a rock solid range of acting skills and a lot of heart to the show. As the series went on, he got to play a very solid engineer. However, within the technical dialogue and all the plots involving the ensemble cast his ability to show off his range seemed cut back sometimes.... at least in my opinion. But in this one the writers let him carry a show and act and he nailed it all. Watch for a solid performance from Mr. Burton here and a good job from a guest actor or two... or more.. and watch for another good twist from Michael Dorn, who actually got to give some input to the show... when the writers allowed him to decide what decision his character would make at a certain point. It proved quite influential on the progress of the episode. All the regulars are solid, the guest actors are spot on, and watch for Burton as he gets to go on a bit of a field trip from engineering.... Too bad for him, Risa this ain't!

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4 November 1989 (USA) See more »

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