Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Season 3, Episode 7
Original Air Date: November 6, 1989
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It's a Romulan story and one rich with ethical dilemmas, the narrative life blood of Trek. Responding to a distress call, our heroes encounter a Romulan vessel which has crash landed inside Federation territory. One survivor, Patahk, is in rough shape and is beamed directly to sickbay. La Forge gets separated from the rest of the away team and loses contact with the ship. In his efforts to reestablish communication, he encounters a second Romulan, Bochra, who takes Geordi prisoner. Complicating all of this is a second Romulan vessel arriving from the Neutral Zone, commanded by Tomalak, who is demanding, yet cagey about what the ship was doing outside the NZ in the first place.
So, our tale plays out on three fronts:
- Patahk is dying and Worf is the only one aboard ship with compatible blood for a transfusion. Klingons and Romulans don't play well together. Worf doesn't want to give the blood and Patahk has no interest in accepting it.
- La Forge and Bochra must set aside their own animosity and work together in order to survive.
- Picard's verbal chess match with Tomalak.
No surprise, the Worf thread is the most compelling. No one orders Worf to give the blood, even though he says he would if so ordered. In fact, Picard makes it clear that he won't. Instead, he begs. Still Worf declines. It's a fascinating test of the character's conflicting loyalties.
Best episode of the season so far.
John Snyder (Bochra) was born in Boston in 1950. He is a graduate of Boston University. His big screen credits include The Warriors and Love Sick Diaries. This is his first of two appearances on TNG. He also made two appearances on Babylon 5. He's done extensive voice work, including video games and English dubs of Japanese animes.