Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Season 5, Episode 8
Original Air Date: November 11, 1991
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Continued from last week...
Spock reveals why he is on Romulus: the movement to reunite Romulus and Vulcan, long a taboo subject, seems to be gaining political support and he wants to help. Unfortunately, it's all a set up. Sela (Denise Crosby) is back and she has plans to take advantage of Spock's presence to launch a Romunlan invasion of Vulcan.
It's a decent episode, mostly for the meaningful one-on-one scences for Spock and Data and, later, Spock and Picard. Seeing Sela is fun, though I would argue Crosby is a bit wooden in this appearance. Worf sings Klingon opera for the first (and only?) time.
Stephen Root played the role of K'Vada, captain of the Klingon Bird-of-Prey that took Picard and Data to Romulus. Root was born November 17, 1951 in Sarasota, Florida. He studied acting at the University of Florida. He made his Broadway debut in So Long on Lonely Street, then hit the big screen in 1988's Crocodile Dundee II.
I believe Root is one of the finest character actors of his generation though in 1991, he was still a relative unknown. He'd land the role of Jimmy James on NewsRadio in 1995. His most memorable role came in 1999: Milton Waddams, he of the red stapler, in Office Space. Overall, the credits are impressive. On film: Dodgeball, Leatherheads and several Coen Brothers' films including O Brother, Where Art Thou? On television, he made appearances on seemingly every quality show for years: Night Court, Seinfeld, Frasier, The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, Boardwalk Empire, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and on and on. The voice over credits are considerable, too: King of the Hill, Ice Age and Finding Nemo among many others.