TNG Season 1, Episode 26 (Netflix: S1 E27): The Neutral Zone
Most of the time in this episode is spent on annoying people from the past. It has some interesting elements, but the real excitement of this episode comes from an encounter with Romulans!
An old earth capsule is found floating around in space
It’s heading towards a quasar. Riker says screw it, let it hit the quasar, but Data convinces him that it’s valuable history and all
Worf runs into a door expecting it to open
There are people being preserved in capsules. …Khan?
That’s not Khan
Picard shows up and wants to go to the neutral zone! He says several outposts have been attacked! It may be the Romulans! …Balance of Terror?
The people wake up who were dead and out of their time period. Riker, Data, and Crusher have to explain everything to them
The past-people irritate Picard so he goes down there and makes fun of people from our century. Hey lighten up man
Troi: “Computer, this is counselor Troi.” The computer doesn’t care who you are Troi
…Can we please get back to the search for the Romulans
The Romulan Warbird makes for a perfect re-introduction to the Romulans. It’s one of my favorite ship designs. Awesome and menacing, but not over-the-top like many of the later giant-piles-of-angular-metal villain ships
Worf hates Romulans! They’re without honor! They killed his parents!
After decades the Romulans finally show themselves again. They’re still dorks. Marc Alaimo is one of them though.
File under: Marc Alaimo (Dukat)
Someone has been blowing up the Romulan outposts too! An even more powerful threat? Picard asks for temporary cooperation, but the Romulans don’t like them. Romulan-Dukat ends with a “We’re back.” Yeah, we get it.
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