The Enterprise's mission is aborted to return to a star-base where Admiral Brackett charges them with investigating the disappearance, possibly defection to the ever-scheming Romulans, of dying Federation ambassador Sarek's son Spock, who didn't say goodbye to his parents but took all his personal belongings after a public row with Sarek over the Cardassian war. A visit from Picard makes them realize the key must be Romulan senator Pardek, with whom Spock maintains since years personal contacts, against Sarek's will. Meanwhile Klingon leader Gowron is writing the Federation's help in the civil war out of official history, so Picard resorts to suggestions to get him to provide a cloaked ship, reluctantly piloted by Captain K'Vada, for this mission, with Data, both prepared to impersonate Romulans on Romulus... Meanwhile Commander William T. Riker and Troy find examining the disappearance of a Federation ship to and from the Ferengi most dangerous...
Did You Know?
had not previously appeared on the show because he had set his asking price for such an appearance at $1 million, which was far beyond the budget of the series. However, since this episode was in some ways a "teaser" for the upcoming Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
(1991) (on which Nimoy was an executive producer, and entitled to a percentage of the profits of that film), Nimoy agreed to appear in this two-part story for standard SAG pay. See more
When Data is showing Picard the Barolian video recording of Senator Pardek he says the recording was made four years ago, yet the file heading says it was recorded on stardate 44623.9. The episode takes place on stardate 45240.1 which is only about a year and a half after that date. The first digit stands for the century and the second digit stands for the year and the last three are days and the decimal is a tenth of a day. So four years before stardate 45240 would be stardate 41240. See more
Lt. Commander Data
Since I do not require sleep, I propose you take the... shelf, sir.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more