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Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Enemy


TNG Season 3 Episode 7
Air Date: November 6th, 1989

Plot

The Enterprise is investigating a Romulan distress signal in the Galorndon Core which lies in Federation space. The planet supports life over a short period, but is constantly experiencing storms making it hard to transport through and eventually will disrupt neural processes resulting in death. It was said that Data wouldn't have lasted a few minutes.

They find an injured Romulan on the planet but when Riker and Worf return to the beam up spot, Geordi could not be found. They have to beam up and wait until the next window. Meanwhile Geordi ends up finding the other Romulan who isn't as hurt. It takes some doing but they eventually work together to find a beacon that Wesley sent down. Geordi had lost his sight but the Romulan was unable to walk.

They get back to the Enterprise just as a Romulan warbird shows up to claim the missing officers. The one that was taken originally ended up dying from his injuries.

Commentary

This episode further increases the subterfuge that the Romulan empire is willing to go through. They originally told Picard that there was only one Romulan on the ship that crashed, and when there was two, he plays dumb. It isn't the first time we see this particular Romulan nor his tactics.

On the Enterprise there is a subplot that develops about Worf being the only one who could save the captured Romulan. His blood has something he needs. But Worf refuses to help because his parents were killed by Romulans. It represents how strong race based hate can stick around for generations.

Quotes

"I am asked to give up the very lifeblood of my mother and my father to those who murdered them!" - Worf
"So you blame all Romulans for that?" - Riker
"Yes!" - Worf
"Forever? What if someday, the Federation made peace with the Romulans?" - Riker
"Impossible." - Worf
"That's what your people said a few years ago, about Humans." - Riker

"The Romulan ship will reach us within the hour. If our patient dies it may be just the excuse the Romulan commander needs to start an incident. The death of a Romulan officer at the hands of the Federation. Think of it." - Picard
"I have, Captain." - Worf
"So, there is no question that the Romulan officer is more valuable to us alive than dead." - Picard
"I understand." - Worf
"Lieutenant, sometimes the moral obligations of command are less than clear. I have to weigh the good of the many against the needs of the individual, and try to balance them as realistically as possible. God knows, I don't always succeed." - Picard
"I have not had cause to complain, Captain." - Worf
"Oh, Lieutenant, you wouldn't complain even if you had cause." - Picard
"If you order me to agree to the transfusion, I will obey, of course." - Worf
"I don't want to order you. But I ask you. I beg you to volunteer." - Picard
"I cannot." - Worf
"Lieutenant." - Picard
"Sir?" - Worf
"That will be all." - Picard

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