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.