Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 3 Episode 10

The Defector

Aired Unknown Jan 01, 1990 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • When Jarok orders water from the replicator, it does not understand the Romulan unit for temperature. Since it's tied in with the ship's computers, which can translate Romulan, would have been logical it also translates and recalculates one unit to another.

    • After the Romulan Warbird leaves the scout ship, it cloaks. However, Worf is able to track where it goes and knows that it leaves Federation space.

    • The ensign sitting at the helm immediately after the intro is wearing an old-style (season 1 & 2) uniform.

    • When Data says "freeze program" during the Henry V scene, the fire continues to burn and crickets keep on chirping in the background.

  • Quotes

    • Tomalak: You see, Picard, after we dissect your Enterprise for every precious bit of information, I intend to display its broken hull in the center of the Romulan capitol as a symbol of our victory. It will inspire our armies for generations to come. And serve as a warning to any other traitor who would create ripples of disloyalty.

    • Jarok: Oh, what a fool I've been to come looking for courage in a lair of cowards.

    • Riker: You find something amusing?
      Jarok: Lieutenant Worf. I like him. To be more accurate I understand him, Warrior... proud, fearless, living only for combat. Exactly the type that will get us all killed if we're not careful.

    • Jarok: One world's butcher is another world's hero. Perhaps I am neither one.

    • Worf: You are lucky this is not a Klingon ship. We know how to deal with spies.

    • Picard: You've made your choice, sir! You're a traitor! Now, if the bitter taste of that is unpalatable to you, I am truly sorry. But I will not risk my crew because you think you can dance on the edge of the Neutral Zone.

    • Tomalak: You will still not survive our assault.
      Picard: And you will not survive ours. Shall we die together?

    • Tomalak: I urge you, Captain Picard, surrender. Consider the men and women you would lead into a lost cause.
      Picard: If the cause is just and honorable, they are prepared to give their lives. Are you prepared to die today, Tomalak?
      Tomalak: I expected more than an idle threat.
      Picard: Then you shall have it. Mr. Worf.

    • Picard: Data, you're here to learn about the human condition and there is no better way than by embracing Shakespeare. But you must discover it through your own performance, not by imitating others.

  • Notes

    • The opening scene of this episode is a holodeck recreation of Act 4, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's Henry V.

    • Nelvana III was named after the animation company Nelvana.

    • One of the characters in the Henry V scene is actually played by Patrick Stewart, who plays Captain Picard. Stewart is an accomplished Shakesperian actor.

  • Allusions

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