Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 5 Episode 3

Ensign Ro

Aired Unknown Oct 07, 1991 on CBS

Episode Fan Reviews (5)

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  • A key episode that introduces a new character and a massive new arc. However, it's ultimately not so compelling.

    "The Wounded" introduced the Cardassians and (sort of) Gul Dukat, as well as adding much greater depth to the character of Miles O'Brien. "Ensign Ro" lays two more major bricks on the DS9 edifice - the Bajorans, and an abrasive Bajoran officer who butts heads with her superior (Ensign Ro Laren, the template for Colonel Kira Nerys).

    The episode itself is somewhat underwhelming. There's potential for a great story here, but it evolves without many fireworks. The guy playing Admiral Kennelly isn't near as convincing as his counterparts in "The Drumhead" or "The Pegasus". I wouldn't normally say this as a big fan of Whoopi Goldberg's Guinan, but she wasn't given much to work with here. I never warmed that much to Michelle Forbes, despite the fact that she added a nice kick in the $%! to the utopian Federation universe; fortunately, Nana Visitor eventually took over the role of "obstinate Bajoran officer".

    That said, the scene where Ensign Ro describes her father's death to Picard is a genuinely moving one.