Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 5 Episode 7

Unification (1)

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Aired Unknown Nov 04, 1991 on CBS
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Stardate: 45236.4
Ambassador Spock has disappeared and intelligence finds him on Romulus. Captain Picard is sent to Romulus to find Spock. Meanwhile Riker and the rest of the crew investigate the fragments of a Vulcan ship discovered in the wreck of a Ferengi vessel.

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  • More Searching for Spock

    8.5
    This highly anticipated (and highly rated) episode serves merely as a setup for the second part, but is quite interesting in its own right. The main story (featuring Data and Picard) threads its way through the Vulcan, Klingon, and Romulan cultures and includes one last performance by Mark Lenard as Spock's father, Sarek a gem of a scene. (On the downside, the Klingon stuff is mostly filler.) The writers wisely balance this "search for Spock" story with a mystery for the rest of the crew that only becomes more important (and more intriguing) as the two parter progresses.moreless
  • This is a fan favorite and probably the most significant link to the original series. However, the episode is a bit too much set-up and not enough substance.

    8.0
    The first half of a two-parter inherently involves a lot of set-up, but in this case it's overdone. Yes, we see Spock in the last 30 minutes of the episode, but that's small satisfaction.



    There are several things that boost this episode. First, Picard and Sarek's final meeting is intense and powerful - really, the best part of the episode and perhaps the entire two-parter. It's a wonderful farewell to the character.



    Second, the sequence with Picard's attempt at sleep and Data is hilarious.



    Third, while the story with Riker and the crew gets no satisfactory resolution in this half, it builds a nice air of mystery.



    Fourth, while the time spent on Romulus is brief, it's pretty atmospheric. The interaction in the bar, with the extremely paranoid proprietor pledging allegiance to the two interlopers, is well-done.



    Unfortunately, there's also a fair amount of fluff here. The sequence with Gowron is largely a waste of time.moreless
  • Captain Picard is contacted by Starfleet Command. It seems Spock has been spotted on Romulas. Picard goes to Vulcan to chat with Sarek and find out why Spock may have went to Romulas. Sarek is very ill and may be dieing, but he chats with Picard anyway.moreless

    9.3
    Captain Picard is contacted by Starfleet Command. It seems Spock has been spotted on Romulas. Picard goes to Vulcan to chat with Sarek and find out why Spock may have went to Romulas. Sarek is very ill and may be dieing, but he chats with Picard anyway. Picard has a idea, he plans on getting a cloaked ship. Picard contacts the Klingon home world. He is successful in getting a cloaked ship. Now Picard and Data are undergoing surgery in order to look like Romulans. They board a Klingon ship and are transported to Romulas to look for Spock.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

Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy

Spock

Guest Star

Mark Lenard

Mark Lenard

Sarek

Guest Star

Graham Jarvis

Graham Jarvis

Klim Dokachin

Guest Star

Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett

Computer Voice

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Even though Geordi says that the unidentified ship matches the Enterprise's armaments, Riker lets them get off two attacks before counterattacking, and even then he says they just want the attack to get their attention. Is he trying to get the ship destroyed?

    • Dr. Crusher asks Data if his ears are removable. First of all, shouldn't she already know whether they are removable? As Chief Medical Officer, hasn't she examined Data at some point in the past five years? Secondly, Data says they are not removable, yet when we saw Lore disassembled in "Datalore," his ears were not installed. Dr. Soong said in "Brothers" that Data and Lore were identical except for a bit of programming.

    • Both Picard and Perrin seem to indicate that Sarek was not offended when Spock attacked his position in the debates over the Cardassian wars. Perrin then states (in contradiction to her declaration that nothing happened between herself and Spock) that SHE was offended, and that she let him know it. Sounds like the problem WAS between Perrin and Spock.

    • When the quartermaster of the salvage yard is reading the details of the Vulcan ship to Riker, he says "stardate 41344" and the monitor shows "Arrival: Stardate 41334".

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Data: These quarters were obviously intended for one crewman, sir. There is but a single sleeping space.
      Picard: I'm sure the Klingons found it amusing to put us in here together.
      Data: Since I do not require sleep, I propose you take the... shelf, sir, I am content to stand.

    • LaForge: It is like putting together a big jigsaw puzzle and not even knowing what the picture is supposed to be.

    • Glim Dokachin: He probably figures that we don't get to see a lot of handsome women out this way and someone like you might get a little more co-operation from me...he's probably right.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode marks the death of Ambassador Sarek (Mark Lenard).

    • The buzz generated by Nimoy's guest spot in this episode led to this becoming one of the highest rated episodes of the series. Unfortunately, this was not the case with the next episode. Since part 1 has only an extremely brief appearance of Spock right before the end of the episode, many viewers felt cheated.

    • Actor Malachi Throne played Commodore Jose Mendez in the original Star Trek episode, "The Menagerie."

    • This episode began with a dedication to Gene Roddenberry who died prior to its broadcast.

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