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The Next Phase 

A transporter malfunction, combined with a Romulan ship under stress and a damaged cloaking device, creates the illusion that Ensign Ro and Geordi are dead, but Geordi doesn't believe it to be so, and he acts accordingly.

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David Carson

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Ronald D. Moore
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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 ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Michelle Forbes ... Ensign Ro Laren
Thomas Kopache ... Mirok
Susanna Thompson ... Varel
Shelby Leverington ... Chief Brossmer
Brian Cousins ... Parem
Kenneth Meseroll ... Ensign McDowell
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Storyline

After successfully responding to a Romulan vessel's engine failure distress call, Riker's Enterprise rescue team loses all traces of Geordi and Ensign Ro Laren while they beam back aboard; Data ponders on an appropriate memorial service given their different cultural traditions. The two find they are transported aboard but immaterial, unnoticed by other Enterprise crew. Lo thinks they're dead, Geordi gradually works out, like Data aboard, they must be affected by a Klingon-type cloaking technology aboard the Romulan ship interfering with another damaged system. Lo discovers there's a Romulan beamed up with them, who is ready to protect the secret by killing them. Written by KGF Vissers

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1992 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

First appearance by Susanna Thompson who later starred as The Borg Queen in Star Trek: Voyager: Dark Frontier, Part I (1999) and Star Trek: Voyager: Unimatrix Zero (2000). See more »

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When Ro is running through the ship to escape the Romulan, she runs in a straight line even though this is the least likely strategy to succeed. As evidenced by her attempt to attack the Romulan in the holodeck, neither phased being can see through walls, so Ro could have tried to attack again or simply have run in a different direction, and the Romulan would have had no way of knowing which way she went. See more »

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[Ro and La Forge are entering their spirited memorial service]
Ensign Ro Laren: I don't believe this - they think we're dead and they're having a party?
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Yeah. It's perfect!
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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Please Keep the Theological Stuff Out of This. They Weren't Dead!
5 September 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a very good episode. It has those nasty Romulans who can't back off, even when kindness is given to them. Their ship has been severely damaged and the Enterprise comes to the rescue. They rebuild their engine and get their ship up and going. In the process, Ro and LaForge are beamed back to the ship with an engine part, but in the process they are shoved into some sort of netherworld, able to move around the ship but unseen by the crew. After a period of time with no trace of them, the crew jumps to the conclusion that they are dead. This is really fast, considering the thoroughness that they usually take. By the way, they are not dead! This is not a religious experience! It's a transporter malfunction, brought on by the Romulans who are experimenting with another of their evil devices. After the Enterprise has done everything to show good faith, the scientists on board have planted something in the Enterprise that will destroy it when it goes to warp drive. Data is the key because of his tireless analysis of the ship. Geordi and Ro are really cute as sort of combatants and friends as they try to figure a way to be seen on board the ship. The crew deals with the "deaths" of the two which is touching and shows another side of them. Ro and Riker don't really get along and there is a overt tension throughout. It's a really good episode.


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