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TNG 3x10
"The Defector"

Original airdate: 1/1/1990
Rewatch date: 10/4/2011


The Enterprise rescues a Romulan defector on the edge of the Neutral Zone who claims that the Romulans are preparing to launch an all-out offensive against the Federation.

Spoiler-free notes:

How come the fire doesn't freeze when Data freezes the holodeck program?

Interesting that the writers have Data cite Branagh's Henry V less than a year after it originally debuted. Branagh's Henry is indeed one of the great performances, arguably better even than Olivier's, but it's a lot easier to say that now, twenty years later.

Patrick Stewart lecturing Data about Shakespeare is great.

The Enterprise sure spends a lot of time near the Romulan Neutral Zone.

"That would not be an atypical Romulan ploy." It is unlike Data to make such an unnecessary double negative.

It's cool that they mention Galorndon Core from "The Enemy."

Why can't the computer compute the temperature of the water? Is Federation knowledge of Romulans so bad they don't even know how to convert temperatures? If this is the case, how come they can so faithfully reproduce Romulus on the holodeck?

Isn't Data always keeping a dispassionate, detailed history of everything that is happening? Picard asking Data to do that here is overly melodramatic.

"Yes, yes, yes, peace in our galaxy." Fantastic line.

I love this episode, even though it is a bit over-the-top. As with the operatic tone of Klingon episodes, I'm a sucker for how this episode so unabashedly borrows from Shakespeare. I like how there are subtle hints that Picard is up to something with the Klingons, so that their arrival at the end is deserved. I also love the line from Picard that explains the whole thing: "It's always a game of chess" with the Romulans. Great stuff.



Spoiler section:

I like to think that, during the tentative alliance between the Romulans and Federation during the Dominion Wars, Jarok's letter gets delivered. Apparently, there is a short story about this in The Sky's the Limit.





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