Picard and Data follow Spock into Romulan space on a dangerous mission.

Director:

Les Landau

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Jeri Taylor (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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. Commander Data
Leonard Nimoy ... Spock
Joanna Miles ... Perrin
Stephen Root ... Captain K'Vada
Graham Jarvis ... Klim Dokachin
Malachi Throne ... Senator Pardek
Norman Large ... Proconsul Neral
Daniel Roebuck ... Jaron
Erick Avari ... B'iJik
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Storyline

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... Written by KGF Vissers

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TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Klingon

Release Date:

2 November 1991 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Leonard Nimoy 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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Lt. Commander Data: Since I do not require sleep, I propose you take the... shelf, sir.
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Connections

References Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Sarek Is Dying
1 September 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This episode brings back the two most significant Vulcans, Sarek and his son, Mr. Spock, with whom he has fallen into conflict. Spock has disappeared and it is rumored that he had defected, possibly to the Romulans. Picard visits Sarek as he lies in great pain on his bed and tries to figure out what has happened to Spock. Unfortunately, the Vulcans have never made peace. Picard and Data enlist the help of the Klingons (they need a cloaked vessel), alter their appearance, and head for Romulus. There is an underground movement on the planet and after rooting out this group, find that Spock is with them in a leadership position. He is hoping to bring about change on Romulus toward peace and is willing to take great risks to do this. The tension in the episode has to do with the fact that one never knows who his enemies are. The Romulan high command is aware that there are subversives around and will do whatever it takes to suppress them. This takes us to the second episode.


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