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The Defector
Stardate 43462.5
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 58 (3.10)

Last Modified: 03 Feb 2007 19:58:10

Patrick Stewart   IMDB   Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes   IMDB   Commander William T. Riker
Levar Burton   IMDB   Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn   IMDB   Lieutenant 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:
James Sloyan   IMDB   Admiral Jarok
James Sloyan   IMDB   Sub-Lieutenant Setal
Andreas Katsulas   IMDB   Commander Tomalak
John Hancock   IMDB   Admiral Haden
S.A. Templeman   IMDB   John Bates
Patrick Stewart   IMDB   Michael Williams
Ron Jones   IMDB
Robert Scheerer   IMDB
Ronald D. Moore   IMDB
Laser Disc   ST:TNG LaserDisc Volume 29
The Next Generation Teaser #058: The Defector

A Romulan defector leads the U.S.S. Enterprise into a deadly face-off that could erupt into full-scale war.
Answering a request for asylum from a Romulan scout ship, the crew beams aboard. Although he claims to be a low-ranking logistics officer, the vessel's pilot, Setal, shares a startling revelation: the Romulans have established a base on Nelvana III, from which they plan to launch a major offensive to reclaim the Neutral Zone. Informing Picard that the assault against the Federation will begin in 48 hours, the Romulan defector begs the captain to destroy the base to prevent a catastrophic war.

Without firm evidence supporting Setal's claims, Picard fears that Setal's story may be a Romulan ploy to trick the U.S.S. Enterprise into initiating war. His suspicions are heightened when Setal informs Picard that he is really a Romulan Admiral named Jarok, who once led a massacre of Federation outposts. Although Jarok now claims that he only wants to keep the peace, Worf alerts Picard that Klingon ships in the area have warned him not to trust the Romulan, since his race had once tricked a great Klingon commander into appearing the aggressor in a war.

With time running out on a volatile situation, Picard meets with his security officer, Worf, and then leads the U.S.S. Enterprise through the Neutral Zone to Nelvana III. When a closer probe of the planet reveals no Romulan power base, Jarok is dumbfounded.

Suddenly, the U.S.S. Enterprise is surrounded by three Romulan warships and ordered to surrender by Tomalak, a commander who once confronted Picard over a skirmish at Galorndon Core. Picard realizes that Jarok, who had recently been reassigned to a position of lower rank, was used by the Romulans to lure the U.S.S. Enterprise into a trap. The information about the base was all just a ruse to test Jarok's loyalty to his leaders.

Picard refuses Tomalak's demands that the crew surrender and, at a prearranged moment, three Klingon warships uncloak, surrounding the Romulan ships. The odds stacked against him, Tomalak backs down and retreats, promising Picard that they will meet again. Knowing that his defection has cost him his family and his homeland, a despondent Jarok commits suicide.

By Dark Materia on 13 Dec 2002 20:29:18
The second Romulan show of the season. A story of loyalty and treachery, and Admiral Jarok is an interesting character. A shame he had to kill himself but then again, that was the whole point of the show. I love it when TNG does Shakespeare, but why does that holodeck character remind me of Captain Picard so much?

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