Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 3 Episode 10

The Defector

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Aired Unknown Jan 01, 1990 on CBS
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8.6
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  • A classic military/espionage thriller; one of the finest episodes of the 3rd season.

    9.0
    This is definitely one of the best episodes of the more-than-solid 3rd season. It's effectively a sequel to the excellent "The Enemy" -- but in nearly every respect, improves upon its predecessor.

    It's a classic premise -- the Enterprise encounters an enigmatic defector who may or may not be a double agent. As the story evolves, we find out more and more about this defector -- without actually figuring out his agenda. The final resolution is brilliant and unexpected.

    The writing in this episode (Ron Moore's sophomore effort, I believe) is exceptional, with great dialogue and very little fat to trim. James Sloyan gives an impassioned, powerful performance as the defector, and Patrick Stewart does one heck of a job. A second appearance by one of TNG's best villains - Tomalak - is extremely welcome.

    I stated in an earlier review that the Romulans were arguably TNG's best villain - and this may be the best Romulan episode that TNG did.
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