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The High Ground 

While visiting a planet under civil war, Dr. Crusher is taken hostage by an opposing faction of the planet's ruling government.


Gabrielle Beaumont


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Melinda M. Snodgrass | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
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
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Kerrie Keane ... Alexana Devos
Richard Cox ... Kyril Finn
Marc Buckland ... Waiter
Fred G. Smith Fred G. Smith ... Policeman
Christopher Pettiet ... Boy


When most away-teams are visiting the Ruthian planet under civil war since 70 years between two continents, Dr. Crusher is taken hostage while attending local wounded by an Ensata (western continent) autonomist faction of the ruling government which uses terrorist techniques such as bomb attacks. Her son Wesley Crusher is assigned to Lieutenant Worf's technology team, and spots radiation traces indicating the use of life-threatening dimension shift techniques abandoned by Federation research because of the health toll, which fit perfectly the Ruthian government's nightmare, 'inverters' used by the Ensata revolt to dodge all scans. Her keeper Kyril Finn, the Ensata leader, shows the great need for medical aid their side is not getting from the Federation, alas the inverter causes DNA warping she can't treat, and explains how he hopes to make the Federation end the bloody conflict at last. Discussions and attacks go on... Written by KGF Vissers

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27 January 1990 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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On the video surveillance monitors in Alexana's office, several slightly modified images of Earth cities can be made out. One of them is an image of a building looking similar to the World Trade Center's twin towers in New York. See more »


The away team that beams into the terrorists' underground lair to rescue Capt. Picard and Dr. Crusher is led by Cmdr. Riker. With Picard taken hostage by the terrorists, Riker is in effective command of the ship. As such, his position is on the bridge and not heading an away mission. (This point would be made clear in "The Best of Both Worlds" (#3.26), when Riker tries to take command of the away mission to rescue Picard from the Borg and Counselor Troi reminds him that his duty is on the bridge.) See more »


Kyril Finn: I am fighting the only war that I can against an intractable enemy. Now I'm fighting a big war against a more powerful adversary. Can't you see how that helps me?
Doctor Beverly Crusher: I'm afraid I can't.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: He's added another chair to the negotiating table.
Kyril Finn: *You* added the chair, Captain; I am simply forcing you to sit in it.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
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Its parallel to today is obvious.
16 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

It's obvious that this episode is based on various terrorist organizations of the day--such as the IRA and PLO. This isn't surprising, as all the Star Trek franchises have a history of making episodes with contemporary parallels.

In this episode, the Enterprise is visiting the Ruthian planet--a place which has been plagued with terrorist attacks for many, many years. It seems that the Ensatan separatists want their own homeland and they seem willing to do just about anything to bring about this change--including kidnapping Dr. Crusher. But there is another reason for taking her prisoner, as the Ensatans are experiencing serious genetic damage due to their use of dimensional shifting--a practice long abandoned by the Federation since it will eventually kill those who use it.

Naturally the Enterprise want the Doctor back but they also don't want to be picking sides or get pulled into the conflict. Unfortunately, the Ensatans don't see it that way and soon are targeting the Enterprise and its crew.

Overall this is a decent episode, though some might be offended at the moral relativity. In other words, terrorists and those fighting them in this one are basically the same. This is sometimes true...sometimes not in real life. But its message is compelling nevertheless.

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