Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 3 Episode 7

The Enemy

5
Aired Unknown Nov 06, 1989 on CBS
8.3
out of 10
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5

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Stardate:43349.2 A blind Geordi is trapped on a hazardous planet with a paranoid and severely injured Romulan. In orbit, a Romulan Warbird prevents the Enterprise from attempting a rescue mission.

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  • Can enemies always reconcile?

    9.0
    This episode builds on a common Star Trek theme that enemies can find objectives in common and achieve peace. And LaForge's storyline follows mostly this pattern: predictable, but not without interest, as we get to see LaForge outside of his comfort zone.



    What makes this episode particularly good, in my opinion, is that it goes beyond this predictable pattern, and shows that in some situations enemies -can't- reconcile, in the very brave writing decision regarding Wolf, which is very well written and acted, both by Stewart as well as Dorn.



    Besides, we get to see how a good captain behaves by seeing Picard interact with Tomalak. As I am watching all the Star Trek series at once (having arrived late to the wagon), I can't help but compare Picard with the other captains, and this episode shows clearly why he is by far the best. Picard is a captain his enemies can't help but respect. And that is very difficult to achieve, as well as difficult to act and write it so clearly.moreless
  • A gripping cold war drama.

    8.0
    This gripping cold war drama is a reminder that before the Borg begin to define themselves as TNG's arch enemy, the Romulans fill the role quite nicely. Borrowed from the original series and used to replace the disappointing Ferengi as an enemy threat (beginning with the first season's "The Neutral Zone" and continuing here), the Romulans get more character development and become more interesting than ever before with just this single episode. The A story features Geordi and guest star John Snyder as a Romulan. The B story features Worf and a dying Romulan – and pits Picard against Commander Tomalak, a Romulan played by Andreas Katsulas, one of the few guest stars in Patrick Stewart's league. David Carson ties it all together in his Star Trek directorial debut.moreless
  • An excellent thriller in the Cold War mold.

    8.5
    The Borg get all the headlines, but when you really boil things down the Romulans were the best villains that TNG ever had. They were the consummate bad guys - intelligent, devious, and human enough that we could understand their motivation. They also brought out an edge that wasn't always present in the lovey-dovey TNG universe.



    My recollection of this episode was that it was very good, but overshadowed by its sort-of-sequel "The Defector". While that is probably true (I haven't gone back to "The Defector" yes), this episode was better than I remembered.



    The story about Geordi and the Romulan centurion stranded on the surface of a forbidding planet was quite good. Geordi wasn't a favorite character of mine - while likeable in the role of the chief engineer, he was just too nice and lacked an edge. Still, it's fun to see him first struggle against the elements and then convince an opponent to cooperate for the sake of survival. It's also an interesting contrast between the way mankind would like to think it behaves (Geordi, the Federation) and the way it often really behaves (THOSE DEVIOUS ROMULANS!).



    But really, the meat of the episode lies in Picard's psychological warfare with the Romulan Commander, Tomalak. Tomalak was one of the best villains in TNG, though unfortunately he was used only sparingly. This story kept me on the edge of my seat, even on repeat viewings, and would be developed even more effectively in "The Defector".



    Finally, a note should be made about a superb third subplot -- a relatively brief one -- regarding Worf's moral dilemma. While it takes up only a fraction of the screen time, it adds a fine psychological dimension to this episode - and unlike most TNG subplots, doesn't settle for a happy ending.moreless
  • Geordi must find his way off a harsh planet with help from an unlikely companion. Meanwhile, tensions rise on the Enterprise as a dying Romulan soldier may result in an end to the cease fire between the Federation and Romulan Empire.moreless

    9.1
    This episode was one of the somewhat uncommon instances where basically everyone in the cast was utilized to propel the narrative. Particularly notable is the verbal exchange between Picard and Commander Tomalek. The dialogue for Picard was especially well written and we are afforded a window, albeit limited, into what it means to be Romulan both from an inside and outside perspective. The interaction between Worf & Riker and Worf & Picard ably worked to develop both character sets more than the usual episode. This is also the second episode in a row for Geordi to get some much needed character development time and I feel that the whole episode was a success.



    Over all, this is a fine addition to the TNG series.moreless
  • Geordi, Riker, and Worf are beam down to the planet called Galorndon Core. The away team is investigating a area where a distress call came from. They find a romulan vessel that has crashed on the planet. They decide to split up. Lt Worf finds a Romulanmoreless

    7.4
    Geordi, Riker, and Worf are beam down to the planet called Galorndon Core. The away team is investigating a area where a distress call came from. They find a romulan vessel that has crashed on the planet. They decide to split up. Lt Worf finds a Romulan Commander barely living. Riker and Worf make it back to the transporter beacon and get transported back to the "Enterprise" Geordi gets lost in a hole in the ground. There is no way to beam him out due to a electrical storm. I rate this one a 7.4 for Romulan-Federation team work.moreless
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

John Snyder

John Snyder

Centurion Bochra

Guest Star

Steve Rankin

Steve Rankin

Patahk

Guest Star

Andreas Katsulas

Andreas Katsulas

Cmdr. Tomalak

Recurring Role

Colm Meaney

Colm Meaney

Miles O'Brien

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Geordi falls down the hole, his VISOR can clearly be seen to fall to his right as he lands. However, when he wakes up and searches for it, he finds it on his left.

    • After Wesley makes his neutrino pulse suggestion, Picard tells him to go do it. Wesley walks off camera. Then there's a commercial break, and Wesley is back on the bridge in the long shots. A few minutes later we hear the turbolift and Wesley walks back onto the bridge.

    • When Riker first beams down he uses a flashlight - if you look closely you can see the electrical cord that runs down his sleeve to an off-screen generator.

    • When the window in the storm opens, Data says they have nine minutes and 40 seconds. Then he and the others continue talking for about a minute and a half, with no cutaways or indication of time passing. At the end of the conversation Data says they have three minutes until they lose the window.

    • Wesley sets up the probe to emit a neutrino pulse, but later Data says it is a neutrino stream (the graphics make it look like a stream).

    • At the end of the episode, Picard tells Romulan Commander Tomalak that the Enterprise will escort them out of Federation space to the Neutral Zone. However, the last shot clearly shows the Enterprise and the Romulan Warbird leaving the area in separate directions. (The scene is a recycle of the final scene in the second season episode "Contagion", with the Iconian planet edited to become Galorndon Core.)

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (2)

    • This is John Snyder's first appearance on ST:TNG. His second appearance was as Aaron Connor in season 5, episode 113, "The Masterpiece Society"

    • This is Andreas Katsulas' first appearance as the Romulan commander, Tomalak. He proved to be a worthy villain for Picard and would reappear in the episodes, "The Defector," "Future Imperfect," and the series finale, "All Good Things..."

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