Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 5 Episode 8

Unification (2)

Aired Unknown Nov 11, 1991 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Stardate: 45245.8 Picard and Data find Spock and discover the reason behind the secret meetings. However, a darker scheme planned by the Romulans is also uncovered in the process.

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  • Spock Rocks

    This spy episode, with Leonard Nimoy guest starring as Spock, is not as ambitious as might be expected, but is nonetheless an enjoyable conclusion to Trek's first midseason two parter. Unlike "The Best of Both Worlds", expensive battles and effects are eschewed, replaced by the more cost effective focus on espionage and character. Nimoy even finds a small character arc for Spock, playing off events in the original series and also Star Trek VI, which had been shot but was not yet in theaters when this episode aired. He's supported by strong performances from guest stars Malachi Throne (Pardek) and Denise Crosby (Sela), as well as another outstanding performance from Brent Spiner (Data), with whom Nimoy seems to have the most chemistry.moreless
  • Nice to see Leonard Nimoy in action, though the writers ham it up too much.

    Perhaps I'm rating this episode so low because with Leonard Nimoy in action this episode should have been a classic. Instead, we have a more-than-solid episode that happens to include Nimoy as a guest star.

    As far as Spock - it's nice to have him aboard, and Nimoy fits in like he's been on TNG the whole time. Unfortunately, the writers felt they had to bang away at the relationship between the original series and TNG - comparing Picard and Kirk (cue music!), comparing Spock and Data, etc.

    There's tons of potential here - espionage on Romulus - but it's never fulfilled. Compare this to the DS9 episode "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges", which is far superior.

    That said, this is an enjoyable 45 minutes and a nice blast from the past. Picard, Spock and Data's escape from the Romulans is exciting, as is the wind-down of the second story aboard the Enterprise.moreless
  • Picard and Data meet Spock on Romulus. Picard tells Spock his father has died. Spock’s plan is to reunite the Romulans and Vulcans. What is odd Neral, a member of the proconsul seems to agree that Romulans and Vulcans should reunite.moreless

    Picard and Data meet Spock on Romulus. Picard tells Spock his father has died. Spock’s plan is to reunite the Romulans and Vulcans. What is odd Neral, a member of the proconsul seems to agree that Romulans and Vulcans should reunite. Sela, the Romulan daughter of Tasha Yar is consulting with Neral. Sela’s plans include overpowering the Vulcans in order to gain control of their planet. Spock succeeds in foiling her plans. Picard and Data see that the Romulan-Vulcan reunion is not going to happen and beam back aboard the klingon vessel. Spock is staying behind to promote peace.moreless
  • Blended Casts Make Great TV

    Blended Casts Make Great TV

    The first example of different Trek generations in the same story line. Spock and Picard are a great combination. Denise Crosby as Commander Sela is always worth tuning in to see. Although you wonder if she regrets having given up as Tasha Yar, who required a lot less time in the makeup chair.

    Performances are dead-on, from the Klingon captain even down to Will Riker, who sometimes plays a little too over the top. Even the comic scenes with the lounge singer are entertaining.

    Well plotted -- in fact, this probably would have made a great movie.

  • I really loved seeing Spock! What a great two-part episode!

    Unification was great! I loved seeing Spock, and most of all, it was great seeing Captain Picard and Data dressed up in disguise as Romulans! Data looked fabulous! Picard I could barely recognize. It was a really great plot, though one thing bothered me... why would the Romulans leave them unguarded in a room with a computer? That was just asking for trouble. I liked seeing Spock in action, using his logical mind at every turn. Sela was good too, so treacherous! I liked seeing how fantastic the Romulans are at intelligence. It just boggles the mind. There are spies everywhere! Definitely one of my top five faves of TNG.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


Guest Star

Malachi Throne

Malachi Throne

Senator Pardek

Guest Star

Norman Large

Norman Large

Proconsul Neral

Guest Star

Denise Crosby

Denise Crosby

Commander Sela

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Geordi states "there were over two thousand Romulan troops aboard those ships". Two thousand troops couldn't invade Cleveland, let alone an entire planet.

    • In the beginning of the episode, when it is showing the summary of the first part of the two-episode arc, it shows Enterprise firing on the junk ship. It shows them destroying it the moment the phasers hit the ship, when in fact, in the previous episode, the ship's cargo overloaded from within, several seconds after Enterprise shoots it.

    • It is odd that a Romulan fleet would be working off Hours instead of Cycles. Unless they were working on Earth time because they were invading a Federation World.

    • Near the end of the episode, after Data knocks out Commander Sela, the camera pans to the left as Data, Spock and Picard leave the room. You can clearly see the face of someone from the crew in the reflection on one of the ornaments on the desk (though I do not know who it is).

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Riker: I have to ask you about your husband.
      Amarie: Well, it was nice while it lasted... which husband?
      Riker: The dead one, I'm afraid.

    • Picard: Why would you not bring something so important to the attention of your own people, or the Federation?
      Spock: A personal decision, Captain. Perhaps you are aware of the small role I played in the origin of peace with the Klingons.
      Picard: History is aware of the role you played, Ambassador.
      Spock: Not entirely. It was I who committed Captain Kirk to that peace mission, and I who had to bare the responsibility for the consequences to him and to his crew. Quite simply, I am unwilling to risk anyone's life but my own on this occasion, so I ask that you respect my wishes and leave.

    • Sela: I tried to make it sound Vulcan...a lot of unnecessarily long words.

    • Data: As you examine your life, do you find that you have...missed your humanity?
      Spock: (after a pause) I have no regrets.
      Data: "No regrets"...that is a human expression.
      Spock: Yes...fascinating.

    • Spock: You possess an efficient intellect, superior physical skills, and no emotional impediments. There are Vulcans who aspire, all their lives, to achieve what you have been given by design.
      Data: You are half-human.
      Spock: Yes.
      Data: And yet you have chosen a Vulcan way of life.
      Spock: I have.
      Data: In essence, you have abandoned what I have sought after...all of my life.

    • Spock: He intrigues me, your captain.
      Data: In what manner?
      Spock: He is remarkably analytical and dispassionate for a human. I can see why my father chose to mind meld with him: there is almost a Vulcan quality to the man.
      Data: Interesting. I had never perceived that. And Captain Picard has always been my role model in my quest to be more human.
      Spock: To be more human?
      Data: Yes, Ambassador.
      Spock: Fascinating.

    • Picard: I think I'll take this opportunity to remove my ears.

    • Sela: Excuse me, I am just finishing up a speech... for you, Mr. Spock. I enjoy writing. I don't get to do it much in this job.
      Data: Perhaps you would be happier in another job.

    • Spock: I will not read this, or any other statement.
      Sela: If you do not, you will die. All of you will die!
      Spock: Since it is logical to conclude that you will kill us in any event, I choose not to cooperate.
      Sela: I hate Vulcans!

  • NOTES (4)

    • Malachi Throne (Senator Pardek) was with Leonard Nimoy in the original series episode "The Menagerie", coincidentally Nimoy's only other Star Trek two-part episode.

    • The timing of the airing of this story and the release of The Undiscovered Country was no accident. Spock's direct but unspecific reference was deliberately meant to make us think that Kirk and crew were killed so people would run out and see the movie to see what Spock was talking about.

    • Spock makes direct references to events in the forth-coming film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, and mentions Captain Kirk by name.

    • This episode was actually filmed before Part 1 due to Leonard Nimoy's busy schedule.