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Star trek: The next generation 1.13b - The Neutral Zone

Stardate 41986.0
Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Episode propaganda

While Picard is at an emergency conference, the Enterprise finds a 20th century Earth craft containing three cryogenically frozen Humans. As Picard's shuttle docks, Data and Worf return with the bodies.

Picard informs the crew that two UFP outposts have been destroyed near the Romulan border and the Romulans are suspected. The Enterprise is to meet them, to reason first, fight second. Beverley tells him about the three Humans, financier Ralph Offenhouse (Peter Mark Richman), singer LQ "Sonny" Clemens (Leon Rippy) and homemaker Clare Raymond (Gracie Harrison) who have now been thawed and cured of the ailments that led them to be frozen.

Troi briefs Picard, saying that although the Romulans are arrogant, they will not initiate the conflict, but prefer to counterpunch. Then the Enterprise reaches the border...

Persons of interest

  • Patrick Stewart .... Captain Jean-Luc Picard
  • Jonathan Frakes .... Commander Will Riker
  • Michael Dorn .... Lieutenant Worf
  • Brent Spiner .... Lieutenant Commander Data
  • Gates McFadden .... Commander Doctor Beverly Crusher
  • Marina Sirtis .... Lieutenant Commander Counsellor Deanna Troi
  • LeVar Burton .... Commander Geordi La Forge
  • Wil Wheaton .... Wesley Crusher
  • Denise Crosby .... Lieutenant Natasha "Tasha" Yar
  • Majel Barrett .... USS Enterprise-D computer voice
  • Peter Mark Richman .... Ralph Offenhouse
  • Leon Rippy .... LQ "Sonny" Clemens
  • Gracie Harrison .... Clare Raymond
  • Marc Alaimo .... Commander Tebok
  • Anthony James .... Sub-Commander Thei
  • Deborah McIntyre .... Storywriter
  • Mona Glee .... Storywriter
  • Maurice Hurley .... Screenwriter
  • James L Conway .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

The return of the Romulans to the Star trek franchise is a welcome one because, if nothing else, they add a further layer of complexity to interstellar relations. As the three biggest territorial groups in the region, the Romulans, Klingons and Federations have the power to turn the quadrant on its head. The tension goes up a notch just for having Romulans around. That's good news for Trekkies everywhere.

Unfortunately, the Romulan storyline is relegated to second place behind the Humansicle story. The latter is far less interesting and has no effect whatsoever on anyone other than the three people who survived (as it were) to be resuscitated. The writers also made the error of changing characters to fit the story. Does anyone really believe that no-one would simply say, "There is no money and there are no lawyers"? All the stress that Ralph Offenhouse undergoes - as well as wandering unescorted about the ship - would've been wiped out with that simple statement but nobody says it. Why? Apparently they're to busy to utter nine very short words. It doesn't fit the characters (it's a very inane way to treat people) and it doesn't fit the society (it's a very inhumane way to treat people).

Still, the Romulans are back, no less arrogant than before and no less sneaky than before, and that's good.

Security censorship classification

M (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Out now

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