Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 6 Episode 14

Face Of The Enemy

Aired Unknown Feb 08, 1993 on CBS

Episode Fan Reviews (6)

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  • Troi finds herself facing a mirror image that's not her own, striving to put right what once... oops...

    This offbeat Troi episode is reminiscent of Quantum Leap, with Troi (of all people) finding herself in the body of a "Darth Vader" like character. Marina Sirtis, proving she doesn't need her good looks to be interesting, is fantastic, as are Scott MacDonald and Carolyn Seymour as the two Romulans who, with Troi, form the tripod upon which the episode is built. The story is nicely laid out (even if the cargo is a MacGuffin) and it's refreshing to visit a Romulan ship and experience the culture from the inside for the first time since the original series episode "Balance of Terror". Sadly, the ending doesn't lead to any sequels, and thus the Romulas unification story (begun with the fifth season's "Unification) is left without resolution; at least for now

    Deep Space Nine revisits this premise (featuring Kira) in their third season episode, "Second Skin", which is quite good in its own right.
  • The Underground Railroad... in space.

    I'll admit, it's nice to see Carolyn Seymour as a Romulan again, whose name isn't the same as the one in the classic season 2 story, "Contagion". Not that her character need be the same, of course...

    As for the story: Troi is kidnapped somehow, given a facelift, and with no training on their customs, has to act like a Romulan, helping to transport three defectors that want to incorporate Spock's version of "unification". Doesn't sound very substantial, especially as the Romulan commander didn't need to take long to start noticing, rightly so, her claim of being Romulan secret service being unconvincing.

    It's a typical season 6 story, there are far better to watch.
  • Troi is kidnapped and altered to appear Romulan and must cooperate with her kidnapper by playing the role of a Romulan with power.


    To be honest, Troi has always been one of my favorite characters, but she was always so poorly written and given awful story lines; but this story, as well as her acting in it was what the character needed from the start.

    Overall, the story was decent. Believable, maybe not so much, but not bad. It was gripping for the most part and pulled you in, and kept you wondering where it would lead and how it would play out.

    The choice to use Troi too was a bold move, especially since she was not a fan favorite. However, rather than an easy way out, her betazoid powers actually played good use in this story.

    To sum up the episode, it's definitely one of if not the best Troi based episodes, and as an episode in whole, a worthwhile addition to the series, but I wouldn't go as far as saying it's in the top 10.

  • Kidnapped Troi becomes a Romulan forced to undergo a secret mission

    Frankly this episode was a disappointment. Even though I always liked to see Troi led episodes she did have a tendency to over-act! Anyways, its still a good episode containing lots of tension, some action and a few minor to medium twists along the way. These do enough to bring the level of the story to an intresting one.

    Its a basic delivery mission with what I consider a novel angle. Deanna is kidnapped while at a conference and surgically altered to appear Romulan. Waking aboard a Romulan ship she has no choice by to join a dissent in his secret mission to deliver a cargo to Federation space.

    The layers of secrecy build up pretty well at the beginning, inviting viewers to take a setup into the story. There are several strained relationships which provide conflict; between Deanna and the ships captain and Deanna and the dissident. As tension and anxiety build up over the initial and middle acts the subplot onboard the Enterprise grows.

    A former human traitor to the Romulans returns and is debrief. He provides the link to the main part of story and has Picard take the crew to rendevous with the freighter that is designated to deliver the cargo.

    Its here were the pace of the screenplay picks up. Lots of drama, action, some combat intermingled with a few twist to raise the level of excitement.

    Overall the latter middle and final acts of this episode are worth the mildly ludicrous beginning.
  • Troi gets to play against type.

    Most Troi episodes during the series were mediocre touchy-feely episodes. Fairly or not, the writers evidently concluded that the character or actress could handle on that kind of material.

    But here they tried to do something completely different - put her in the center of the archetypical military thriller, with Troi masquerading as a Romulan secret police agent. It's an episode evocative of earlier episodes like "The Enemy" and "Unification".

    The episode also plays against our stereotypes of the Romulans. The "good guy" who initially kidnapped Troi is willing to murder 18 people to further his goal; the Romulan commander of the ship, who clearly despises the vicious totalitarianism of Troi's ilk, displays a sense of honor that we were told the Romulans lacked.

    A fun one to watch.
  • Troi awakes from sleep on a Romulan ship. She does not even notice until she goes to look in the mirror. She soon learns why she is aboard the Romulan ship. N’Vek , the ship’s Sub-Commander informs Troi she is to act like Major Rakal

    Troi awakes from sleep on a Romulan ship. She does not even notice until she goes to look in the mirror. She soon learns why she is aboard the Romulan ship. N’Vek , the ship’s Sub-Commander informs Troi she is to act like Major Rakal a member of the Tal Shiar. Her mission is to order the Romulan Commander known as Commander Toreth to the Kaleb sector. Commander Toreth challenges Major Rakal (Troi). Troi does a good job proving she is a Romulan. On the way to the Kaleb sector, the Romulan ship crosses paths with the “Enterprise”.
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