Picard is found on Romulus by Senator Pardek, who brings him to Ambassador Spock, who explains his secret 'cowboy diplomacy' is about the off chance of a Vulcan-Romulan reunification thanks to an old, recently significantly grown, philosophically friendly Romulan underground party, which includes the rising new Proconsul Neral, who claims the Romulan senate itself can no longer resist the people's outcry for peace, but is actually in league with Sela. Klingon captain K'Vada isn't amused when Data claims he may be able to crack the Romulan encryption log. As Vulcan-human half-blood Spock and android Data exchange views on the virtues of emotional and cool logical qualities, Commander Riker's investigation into a stolen Vulcan ship continues, starting with the mundane wife of the smuggler who died while pursued and finds a Barolian ship was involved. Spock and Picard fear rightly it all ties together in a Romulan war plot.
Did You Know?
The "Unification" title has a double meaning. In the in-universe story, it refers to the attempted unification of the long-separated Vulcan and Romulan cultures. In a meta-sense, however, the title also refers to the long-awaited appearance of one of the "original series" crew as a significant player in the "next generation" era. Although DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy) had previously appeared in the pilot Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint (1987), this was only a cameo, under heavy makeup, and he was not referred to by name, but only as "Admiral". James Doohan ("Scotty") would later appear in the season six episode Star Trek: The Next Generation: Relics (1992). See more
As Data, Spock and Picard head to the underground tunnels to make their escape, a film crewman's reflection can be seen in the green crystal on the table. See more
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more