An away team discovers a Romulan shuttle crashed on the inhospitable Federation planet Galorndon Core and rescues one survivor, Pahtak. Geordi goes missing, and as the transport window is closing, the away team has to beam up without him. Wesley prepares a neutrino emitter that could penetrate the electromagnetic storms on Galorndon Core and help locate Geordi once he finds and activates it. Meanwhile Geordi, however, is being held hostage by a second Romulan survivor, Bochra.
As they notice that the conditions on the planet lead to brain degeneration and Geordi's VISOR interface fails, the two work together to find the neutrino emitter. Aboard the Enterprise Worf is the only one who could help Pahtak with a blood transfusion, but he as well as Pahtak refuse; the Romulan dies. The situation gets critical as a Warbird commanded by Commander Tomalak approaches and demands that Pahtak, the allegedly only survivor, be returned. In the meantime Geordi and Bochra have activated the neutrino source, upon which Picard lowers the shields and beams them directly to the bridge for Tomalak to see. Bochra returns to the Romulans.
Errors and Explanations
Internet Movie Database
- When Geordi and the Romulan beam onto the Enterprise's bridge, Geordi is wearing his visor. This is odd, as his visor hasn't worked in a long time on the planet's surface, and the last time we have seen it, it has been connected to the tricorder. It's possible that Geordi reattached his visor while he and the Romulan were waiting to be beamed up, but it's unlikely. The Visor may have been recharged enough by the tricorder for Geordi to put it back on before beam up.
The Nitpicker's Guide
Next Generation Trekkers
- Riker ordering the Away Team to split up, after they find the crashed Romulan ship. Splitting up allows the team to cover more ground in less time.
- Romulan ships being able to enter the Neutral Zone without punishment, but Federation ships coming under fire when they do so. The Romulans are arrogant enough to think that that have more right to enter the zone than the Federation, on account of it being designated the Romulan Neutral Zone.
- Bochra clubbing La Forge instead of using the stun setting on his weapon. The weapon may have been rendered inoperable.
- La Forge being able to detect the neutrinos from the probe, even though they arn't being deflected by the atmosphere. The probe could have been designed to emit some neutrinos horizontaly, so that they will intersect with La Forge's visor.
- Will S. on Monday, July 10, 2000 - 10:30 am: Why is Geordi yelling for help in the cave, after he falls down a shaft? He's still got his communicator. Aaron Dotter on Monday, January 22, 2001 - 6:22 pm: Worf said at the beginning that the communicators were "disfunctional" so probably Geordi's was too.
- Aaron Dotter on Monday, January 22, 2001 - 6:22 pm: Why did they only drop one beacon? Why not drop several in the same area to increase the chance that Geordi would find one? The beacon is of a specialised design, meaning it may not be possible to produce more than one.
- Sasha Osaki on Tuesday, March 27, 2001 - 12:02 am: Am I the only one who thinks that even a low intensity phaser blast (directed upwards and away from people, of course) would make a really, really good distress signal? Certainly much better than yelling, I should think. The EM interference would prevent the phaser from working properly.
- Keith Alan Morgan (Kmorgan) on Tuesday, July 10, 2001 - 2:33 am: Shouldn't it be dangerous for Riker, Worf and Geordi to beam into a howling windstorm? How does the transporter put them together again, but keep out all the airborne particles? They are probably protected by the Anular Confinment Beam revealed in The Hunted.
- Geordi looks at the remains of the Romulan vessel and sees Ultritium residue, which is amazing, because in Manhunt, the Antideans lined their robes with Ultritium because the Transporter couldn't read it. Does this mean that they didn't need Lwaxana to save the day in that episode? They DID need Lwaxana - the Ultritum in Manhunt was hidden inside the linings of the delegate's robes, but in this episode the residue is reacting to the atmosphere, making it directly visable to Geordi's visor.
- Why didn't they just beam the Romulan directly to Sick Bay? The interference may have been too strong at that point.
- Why didn't the Federation outposts catch Tomalak's transmission to the Pi? Don't tell me they still haven't been rebuilt after the Borg destroyed the old ones. The transmissions were probably masked, or transmitted on a hidden frequency.
- Why didn't Picard separate the ship? The saucer section could have continued to orbit Galorndon Core and wait for Geordi, and the Stardrive section could have taken the wounded Romulan to the Neutral Zone. That would have left the saucer too vulnerable to attack.
- Geordi and Bochra are fixing up the neutrino detector and Geordi says, "Let her rip." Shouldn't Bochra say, "Let what rip?" (Or are Romulans well versed in how to speak Geordi-onics?) Bocha may have learnt how to correctly interpret certain Federation phrases as part of his training.
- Anonymous on Saturday, February 18, 2006 - 9:56 pm: When the rockslide strikes the Romulan who has captured Geordi, why on earth doesn't he use the opportunity to relieve the Romulan of his disruptor? The Romulan is incapacitated for several seconds. The rockslide may have damaged the disruptor. LUIGI NOVI on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 12:06 pm: I think the subsequent scene made clear that Geordi placed his faith in Bochra, thinking that in helping him, Bochra would no longer consider Geordi his prisoner.