Wednesday, May 15, 2019


TNG Season 5 Episode 7 and 8
Air Date: November 4th and 11th, 1991

Ambassador Spock is missing and intel shows that he is on Romulus. Captain Picard and Lt. Cmdr. Data charter a Klingon bird of prey and with some Romulan prosthetic they head to Romulus to find him. Once there they learn that Spock is working with Romulans including some in the Romulan senate to unify Romulus and Vulcan. Only his Romulan friend of 80 years Senator Pardek betrayed them. The Romulans were playing a ruse where they would get Spock to announce three Vulcan transport ships as being a peace envoy when they are really an invasion force.

Meanwhile the Enterprise is tracking down a missing Vulcan ship which pieces of it were found adrift in space. They track it down to a Ferengi who was trading scrapped Vulcan transports. It turns out that they are the same transports that is carrying the Romulan invasion force. When Spock's message is received, it gives a warning. Spock, Picard and Data were able to escape and send a replacement message. The Romulan destroyed the transports containing their troops instead of letting them fall into Federation hands.

This episode references Star Trek VI: Undiscovered Country which was scheduled to be in theatres a month later. If you watch the episode in syndication this might slip by but Spock referred the his involvement in the Klingon peace talks at Khitomer before I have seen Star Trek VI.


"I never knew what Spock was doing. When he was a boy, he would disappear for days into the mountains. I would ask him where he had gone, what he had done, he'd refuse to tell me. I insisted that he tell me, he would not. I forbade him to go, he ignored me. I punished him; he endured it, silently. But always, he returned to the mountains. One might as well ask the river not to run. But secretly, I admired him, that proud core of him that would not yield." - Sarek

"How would it benefit the Klingon Empire? I'm sure Gowron will ask." - B'iJik
"The only benefit to the Klingon Empire would be our gratitude." - Captain Picard
"That is what you want me to tell him?" - B'iJik
"Yes. And please add that, if he is unable to provide us with a ship, then I am sure there are others in the Klingon Empire who would be willing to help me. And then they would have our gratitude." - Captain Picard

"The tenor of this mission has changed, Mr. Data; at least, it has for me. We were sent to confront Spock about his disappearance, and now I also have to tell him that his father is dead." - Captain Picard

"Who are you?" - Klim Dokachin
"Deanna Troi, ship's counselor." - Counselor Troi
"He probably figures that we don't get to see a lot of handsome women out this way. And someone like you might get a little more cooperation from me. He's probably right." - Klim Dokachin

"There is a new Proconsul in the Romulan Senate. He is young and idealistic. He has promised many reforms. Pardek believes that he may be receptive to discussing reunification." - Ambassador Spock
"Why would you not bring something so important to the attention of your own people or the Federation?" - Captain Picard
"A personal decision, Captain. Perhaps you are aware of the small role I played in the overture to peace with the Klingons." - Ambassador Spock
"History is aware of the role you played, Ambassador." - Captain Picard
"Not entirely. It was I who committed Captain Kirk to that peace mission, and I who had to bear the responsibility for the consequences to him and his crew. Quite simply, I am unwilling to risk anyone's life but my own on this occasion. So I ask you respect my wishes and leave." - Ambassador Spock

"He intrigues me, this Picard." - Ambassador Spock
"In what manner, sir?" - Lt. Cmdr. D
"Remarkably analytical and dispassionate, for a human. I understand why my father chose to mind-meld with him. There's almost a Vulcan quality to the man." - Ambassador Spock
"Interesting. I have not considered that. And Captain Picard has been a role model in my quest to be more human." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"More human?" - Ambassador Spock
"Yes, Ambassador." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"Fascinating. You have an efficient intellect, superior physical skills and no emotional impediments. There are Vulcans who aspire all their lives to achieve what you've been given by design." - Ambassador Spock
"You are half human." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"Yes." - Ambassador Spock
"Yet you have chosen a Vulcan way of life." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"I have." - Ambassador Spock
"In effect, you have abandoned what I have sought all my life." - Lt. Cmdr. Data

"Ambassador Spock, may I ask a personal question?" - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"Please." - Ambassador Spock
"As you examine your life, do you find you have missed your humanity?" - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"I have no regrets." - Ambassador Spock
"No regrets. That is a human expression." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"Yes. Fascinating." - Ambassador Spock

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