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Preemptive Strike 

Following her return from Advanced Tactical Training, Bajoran Ro Laren is sent to infiltrate the Maquis and finds herself torn between her loyalty to Picard and Starfleet, and her sympathy with the Maquis fighting "the good fight".

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Patrick Stewart

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Gene Roddenberry (created by), René Echevarria (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Michelle Forbes ... Lieutenant Ro Laren
John Franklyn-Robbins ... Macias
Natalija Nogulich ... Admiral Alynna Nechayev
William Thomas Jr. William Thomas Jr. ... Santos
Shannon Cochran ... Kalita
Richard Poe ... Gul Evek
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Ensign Ro Laren is welcomed back with a party after advanced tactical training. Almost immediately she's picked as best suited for an undercover mission in the demilitarized zone, to prevent the peace treaty with the Cardassians being undermined by illegally attacking Federation 'Maquis' ships. Given her ethnic and personal background, the conflict of loyalties grows as her covert mission to trap the resistance fighters succeeds. Written by KGF Vissers

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English

Release Date:

14 May 1994 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The Varon-T disruptor prop makes an appearance as the weapon Kalita levels at Ro Laren during her interrogation. See more »

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Riker tells he never thought about shooting on his own people to protect the Cardassians. In the episode The Wouded Picard also threatens to destroy the starship Phoenix. See more »

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Admiral Alynna Nechayev: Evek manages to make the Cardassians sound like helpless sheep being preyed on by Federation wolves.
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Edited from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Shadowplay (1994) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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No mo Ro.
6 December 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Ensign Ro was an addition to the cast in season 6. At the time, it appeared as if she was going to become a regular on the show but after only a few appearances she disappeared until this penultimate episode. It begins with the Maquis suddenly gaining an advantage over the Cardassians in their guerilla war. Since the members of this rogue organization are mostly made up of people living within the Federation, it's up to the Enterprise to try to bring their terrorist ways under control and bring these rebels to justice. To do so, Picard asks Ro to go undercover--a thoroughly stupid idea, as she obviously is very much in sympathy with these folks. Can she serve the Federation or will her natural inclination to hate Cardassians and kick butt propel her towards becoming a traitor to Starfleet?

This is a decent enough episode and it's well done. My only complaint and reason I give this one a 7 is because the character was pretty much abandoned by the writers and suddenly makes an appearance in the second to last episode...which feels kind of weird and contrived.


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