Captain’s log: stardate 43349.2
David Kemper and Michael Piller bring us another strong Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton) story with The Enemy. This one first aired on 6 November, 1989, and further cemented Season Three as the season when things really came together.
Arriving at the planet Galondancor in response to a distress signal, the Enterprise discovers a crashed Romulan vessel. Geordi is left behind when the away team beams back to the ship with an injured Romulan. He and another Romulan survivor, Bochra (John Snyder) must work together if they are going to weather the storm-plagued planet until they can be rescued, or find a way to create a rescue.
In orbit above, Picard (Patrick Stewart) and Data (Brent Spiner) learn that a Romulan ship is planning to violate the Neutral Zone to come and rescue the survivor, but Picard advises them they will turn over the Romulan centurion when he and Geordi are recovered.
On the planet below, the magnetic radiation of the storm has blinded Geordi, but the two men work together.
Meanwhile on the Enterprise, Worf (Michael Dorn) is put in a brilliant character-defining moment. Dr. Crusher (Gates McFadden) is working to save the life of the injurered Romulan survivor the away team recovered, and she needs a donor to help keep him alive.
The only person capable of doing that? Worf. And he refuses.
When Geordi and Bochra arrive aboard the Enterprise, the crew must confront Commander Tomalak (Andreas Katsulas) and avoid a galactic incident.
A fantastic episode.
Captain’s log: stardate 43385.6
Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) gets to take centre stage in this episode written by Hannah Louise Shearer that first debuted on 13 November, 1989.
As the previous two episodes helped fill out Geordi’s character, this episode does a lot for Troi’s character.
A seemingly stable wormhole has been discovered near the planet Barzan, and the Enterprise is hosting diplomatic negotiations for the bidding parties, including a party of Ferengi (which will be later revisited in a different series).
One of the negotiators is Devinoni Ral (Matt McCoy), he’s supposedly the best in the business and Troi begins to fall for him in a big way (perhaps not as big as her love for chocolate which is introduced in this story).
As the negotiations continue, the Ral seems to keeps coming out on top, even as Data and Geordi come back with alarming information about the wormhole. Something seems amiss to Troi. As her relationship with Ral continues, she learns that Ral is the problem, because he has empathic abilities he uses to read the room, and exploit it.
While not as strong as the previous episodes, this story is long overdue in giving Troi a little more depth. It doesn’t do as much for her as much Geordi’s two episodes did for him, but it is nice to see more of the character in a different way.
The Human Adventure continues next week.