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The Next Phase 

A transporter malfunction, combined with a Romulan ship under stress and a damaged cloaking device, creates the illusion that Ensign Ro and Geordi are dead, but Geordi doesn't believe it to be so, and he acts accordingly.

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... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
... Cmdr. William Riker
... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
... Lt. Worf
... Dr. Beverly Crusher
... Counselor Deanna Troi
... Lt. Commander Data
... Ensign Ro Laren
... Mirok
... Varel
... Chief Brossmer
... Parem
Kenneth Meseroll ... Ensign McDowell
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After successfully responding to a Romulan vessel's engine failure distress call, Riker's Enterprise rescue team loses all traces of Geordi and Ensign Ro Laren while they beam back aboard; Data ponders on an appropriate memorial service given their different cultural traditions. The two find they are transported aboard but immaterial, unnoticed by other Enterprise crew. Lo thinks they're dead, Geordi gradually works out, like Data aboard, they must be affected by a Klingon-type cloaking technology aboard the Romulan ship interfering with another damaged system. Lo discovers there's a Romulan beamed up with them, who is ready to protect the secret by killing them. Written by KGF Vissers

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16 May 1992 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Thomas Kopache played a judge in the Close To Home episode "Privilege" which also featured Connor Trinneer (Trip from ST Enterprise) and was directed by Roxann Dawson (B'Elanna Torres from Voyager). See more »

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When Ro is running through the ship to escape the Romulan, she runs in a straight line even though this is the least likely strategy to succeed. As evidenced by her attempt to attack the Romulan in the Holodeck, neither phased being can see through walls, so Ro could have tried to attack again or simply have run in a different direction, and the Romulan would have had no way of knowing which way she went. See more »

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Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Ro! Boy, am I glad to see you. And I'm really glad that you can see *me*.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Timescape (1993) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Offbeat, but it works
22 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

'The Next Phase' is a solid ghost story; except Geordi and Ro aren't dead, they're just de-phased. And how would that happen? A transporter malfunction! That well-worn trope used to kill, clone or just scramble someone's particles. How well the science holds here is anyone's guess (certainly not mine), but it's a fun episode and these characters make for an unlikely pairing. And the philosophical questions about death and what people will say about afterward are a nice touch.

7/10


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