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The Neutral Zone
Stardate 41986.0
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 26 (1.26)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

         
Cast:
Patrick Stewart   IMDB   Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes   IMDB   Commander William T. Riker
Levar Burton   IMDB   Lieutenant JG Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn   IMDB   Lieutenant JG Worf
Gates McFadden   IMDB   Commander Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis   IMDB   Lt. Commander Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner   IMDB   Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton   IMDB   Wesley Crusher
Guest Cast:
Marc Alaimo   IMDB   Commander Tebok
Anthony James   IMDB   Sub-Commander Thei
Leon Rippy   IMDB   L.Q. "Sonny" Clemonds
Gracie Harrison   IMDB   Clare Raymond
Peter Mark Richman   IMDB   Ralph Offenhouse
Music:
Ron Jones   IMDB
Director:
James L. Conway   IMDB
Teleplay:
Maurice Hurley   IMDB
Story:
Deborah McIntyre   IMDB
Mona Clee   IMDB
Published
Laser Disc   ST:TNG LaserDisc Volume 13
DVD   ST:TNG DVD 1.7
VHS   ST:TNG VHS 1.8
Teaser
The Next Generation Teaser #026: The Neutral Zone

While traveling to a meeting with hostile Romulans, the crew discovers a disabled 20th century Earth satellite containing three perfectly preserved bodies, frozen for over 300 years by cryogenics.
Synopsis
Upon his return to the Enterprise, Picard informs the crew that they are being sent to the outskirts of the Neutral Zone, where two Federation outposts have been destroyed. The ship has been chosen to investigate the potentially volatile incident, which may or may not have been executed by hostile Romulans as a prelude to war.

After Data beams back aboard with the three bodies, Dr. Crusher revives them. They are a housewife, businessman and entertainer from the 20th century, who must each struggle to cope with their new surroundings. Picard, preoccupied with the situation in the Neutral Zone, tolerates the visitors, but warns Riker to keep them at bay until a decision can be made about their future.

Arriving at the edge of the Neutral Zone, the crew discovers that the Federation stations have simply vanished. Just then, the captain and first officer of a Romulan vessel in the area hail the U.S.S. Enterprise and request visual contact with Picard.

In a tension-packed exchange, the Enterprise officers are warned that there will likely be war between the Romulans and the Federation. Furthermore, the Romulans reveal that they did not destroy the Federation outposts, but are in fact investigating the loss of some of their own outposts as well.

Convinced neither party is liable for the missing space stations, Picard negotiates a pact whereby each party will inform the other if they learn who is responsible. With the threat of war temporarily averted, the U.S.S. Enterprise heads for a rendezvous with the U.S.S. Charleston, which will transport the 20th century survivors back to Earth.
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