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Old May 16 2008, 10:27 PM   #1
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The Defector

Plot Summary: Riker interrupts Data's rehearsal of Henry V to call the android and his director - the captain - to the bridge. A Romulan scout ship is spotted crossing the Neutral Zone with a larger Romulan warbird in pursuit. The pilot of the scout ship begs for asylum and is brought aboard the Enterprise, where he warns Picard that the Romulans have established a base on Nelvana III from which they plan to launch a massive invasion in less than two days. When Picard expresses doubts that a low-ranking pilot could have so much tactical information on Romulan military buildups, the pilot admits that he lied about his rank; he is actually Admiral Jarok, the onetime leader of a vicious attack on Federation outposts. Since then, Jarok has had a child, and now he wants her to grow up in a peaceful galaxy, even if she is taught to believe that her father is a traitor for betraying Romulan secrets. Worf is extremely suspicious of this Romulan and says that the Klingon ships in the region would not blindly follow a Romulan into a trap that might make them look like the aggressors in a war. Still, Picard makes the decision to take the Enterprise into the Neutral Zone and to Nelvana III, where there is no sign of a Romulan base. While Picard wonders whether Jarok's loyalty was being tested by superiors who fed him false information, three Romulan warships arrive and decloak. Commander Tomalak from Galorndon Core demands Picard's surrender, but just as Tomalak orders his ships to fire, three Klingon ships uncloak in strategic positions to ensure a stalemate. Tomalak retreats, but Jarok commits suicide.


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Old May 17 2008, 12:27 AM   #2
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Great episode. An early classic
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Old May 17 2008, 02:41 AM   #3
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Agreed. This is one of those eps that helped TNG transition from a somewhat shaky start into some really great stories, and it demonstrates how effectively the Romulans could be used. I wish we'd seen them used more like this, since they're underused.
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Old May 17 2008, 05:39 PM   #4
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Yes, great episode. Whether Jarok was a war criminal or a hero is a matter of perspective as Jarok himself said. James Sloyan was fantastic, as always.
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Old May 18 2008, 02:21 AM   #5
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My brain was tired last night. I just realized how much I included the word "used."
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Old May 18 2008, 06:08 PM   #6
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I wouldn't take all that crap they taught you in English class too seriously. You're a professional now. You have "license".
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Old May 26 2008, 10:08 PM   #7
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This is one of my favorite episodes. I always wish they could have followed up with what happened to the wife and daughter. It would have been so nice for Picard to have been able to deliver that letter to them.
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Old May 26 2008, 10:16 PM   #8
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Along with "Balance of Terror" and "The Enemy," this is one of those episodes that really make me pine for the day when Star Trek starts to develop Romulans well, and in earnest. Hopefully Trek XI will just be the start.
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