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Stardate: 45761.3 When the stasis field she was being transported in is broken, Capt. Picard unfortunately becomes the imprint for a female empathic metamorph destined to be mate of another world leader, in hopes of resolving a long interplanetary war. The empathic metamorph is nearing the final stages of a permanent imprint, which will bond her forever to her mate. Picard's strength of character and resolve are tested as she places her inherent talents into focus on him.


Episode Info


Episode number: 5x21
Production Number: 221
Airdate: Monday April 27th, 1992


Alternate Airdates:

CA (Télé-Québec) Apr 27, 1992
IE (SETANTA IRELAND) May 10, 1995
FR (BBC TWO) May 10, 1995
UK (BBC TWO) May 10, 1995

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Guest Stars
April GraceApril Grace
As Transporter Chief Hubbell
Recurring
Max GrodénchikMax Grodénchik
As Par Lenor
Recurring
Michael SnyderMichael Snyder
As Qol
Recurring
Charles GunningCharles Gunning
As Miner #3
Famke JanssenFamke Janssen
As Kamala
Roger RignackRoger Rignack
As Miner #2
Tim OTim O'Connor
As Briam

Co-Guest Stars
Majel BarrettMajel Barrett
voiced Computer
Recurring
Main Cast
Patrick StewartPatrick Stewart
As Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan FrakesJonathan Frakes
As Commander William T. Riker
LeVar BurtonLeVar Burton
As Lieutenant/Lt. Commander Geordi LaForge
Michael DornMichael Dorn
As Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFaddenGates McFadden
As Dr. Beverly Crusher
Brent SpinerBrent Spiner
As Lt. Commander Data
Episode Notes
Log Entry:
*Captain's Log, Stardate 45761.3. In an effort to bring an end to their centuries-long war, Krios and Valt Minor have agreed to a Ceremony of Reconciliation, to be held aboard the Enterprise at a point mid-way between their two systems

Famke Janssen, a 6' tall former cover model, is better known for her later roles as Xenia Onatopp in the James Bond movie Goldeneye, for a regular role on one season of Nip/Tuck, and as Jean Grey in the X-Men movies.



Analysis
As with many other ST episodes, the macguffin in this one results from violating some common-sense procedures on a ship that would almost certainly be SOP when dealing with alien races, cultures, and life forms. In this case, allowing the Ferengi free, unsupervised roam of the ship, seems highly improbable, given their history to this point with the Federation. A small point, but it is a weakness throughout ST:TNG episodes that major plot events are all too often driven by something which a modicum of obvious common sense would prevent.



Warning: Star Trek: The Next Generation season 5 episode 21 guide may contain spoilers
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