Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 5 Episode 8

Unification (2)

Aired Unknown Nov 11, 1991 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

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