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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".

Director:

Patrick Stewart

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), René Echevarria (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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. Cmdr. Data
Michelle Forbes ... Lieutenant Ro Laren
John Franklyn-Robbins ... Macias
Natalija Nogulich ... Adm. Alynna Nechayev
William Thomas Jr. William Thomas Jr. ... Santos
Shannon Cochran ... Kalita
Richard Poe ... Gul Evek
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Storyline

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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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1994 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Television See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Macias was named after a freedom fighter in Cuba's War of Independence from Spain in the late 19th century. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the episode, Picard asks Ro to come to the bridge. While she is talking with Geordi, Beverly and Deanna, the shortest route to go to the bridge would be the door behind her. See more »

Quotes

[Picard has asked Ro to infiltrate the Maquis]
Ro Laren: The way I see it, there's one good reason to take this mission; and that's to validate your faith in me.
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
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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