Episode 203: "Ensign Ro" 

After a terrorist attack on a Federation colony on Solarion IV, the U.S.S. Enterprise crew receives a message from a man claiming to represent the Bajora a race which has been fighting to regain its home planet after being chased off by the Cardassians. The man takes responsibility for the terrorist attack.
Immediately, Picard confers with Starfleet Admiral Kennelly to discuss the Bajoran terrorist attack. The admiral orders Picard to find Orta, the militant leader of the Bajora, and offer him Federation amnesty, in return for negotiating peace with the Cardassians.

To Picard's surprise, Kennelly also orders the arrival of a new officer Ensign Ro Laren to assist Picard in his delicate mission. The crew warily welcomes Ro, a strong-willed Bajoran whom Kennelly released from prison to help with the crisis.

With Ro's help, Picard meets with Keeve, a member of the Bajoran resistance movement, who reveals Orta's whereabouts to the captain. But before the crew can meet with the rebel leader, they discover that Ro has mysteriously disappeared.

Tracing her to Orta's hideout, Picard and the Away Team are taken prisoner by Orta's men. Upon meeting Orta, the crew is stunned to find Ro, who pleads that she was only trying to help with the negotiations. Although Picard is furious with Ro for leaving the ship without permission, he is surprised when Orta announces that the Bajora did not attack Solarion IV. Orta also hints that Picard is being used by someone intent on eliminating the Bajora.

Upon returning to the U.S.S. Enterprise, Ro confides to Picard that Admiral Kennelly is using her as part of a plan to offer weapons to the Bajora in exchange for an end to terrorist activities. In return, Kennelly promised to keep Ro out of prison, where she'd been serving time after a court-martial.

Convinced that the U.S.S. Enterprise is embroiled in a conspiracy, Picard and Ro come up with a counter-plan. Picard informs Kennelly that the starship will escort two Bajoran carriers, containing Orta and his people, to their camp. The Cardassians, threatening to destroy the ships, demand that the U.S.S. Enterprise withdraw within one hour.

Captain Picard then confronts Kennelly, charging that the admiral used the U.S.S. Enterprise to smoke out Orta and the Bajoran terrorists. Kennelly orders Picard to withdraw, at which point the Cardassians promptly destroy the Bajoran ships. Believing that Orta is dead, Kennelly is shocked to learn that the destroyed ships were decoys. Picard informs Kennelly that the Cardassians staged the terrorist attack on Solarion IV, then used the admiral in the hopes of eliminating the Bajora once and for all.

After commending Ro on a successful mission, Picard invites her to remain in Starfleet. Ro accepts, beaming back aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise with her new commanding officer.

Production: 203
Season: 5 Episode: 3
Air Date: 10.07.1991
Stardate: 45076.3
Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes as William Riker
Brent Spiner as Data
LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn as Worf
Gates McFadden as Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi
Michelle Forbes as Ro Laren
Ken Thorley as Barber Mot
Cliff Potts as Admiral Kennelly
Jeffrey Hayenga as Orta
Frank Collison as Dolak
Scott Marlowe as Keeve Falor
Harley Venton as Collins
Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan
Majel Barrett as Computer Voice
Michelle Forbes Trivia:

After appearing in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) as Ro Laren, she was approached to play the same character in a starring role on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993). When she turned down the part, because she didn't want to commit to a regular TV role at that point in her career, a new Bajoran character, Kira Nerys, was created and Nana Visitor was cast in that part.

Prior to introducing the character of Ensign Ro Laren in episode 5.3, "Ensign Ro" of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987), she appeared in a small part in episode 4.22, "Half A Life" as the daughter of Dr. Timicin, played by David Ogden Stiers.

Moved to New York at the age of 16 to make it as an actress.

A Star Trek action figure was made in the likeness of Ensign Ro Laren, her character on the series.

In order to play the deaf character of Susan Metcalfe on the BBC series "Messiah", she learned British Sign Language within six days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                              
                          "Ensign Ro" 
                          #40275-203 
                              
                           Story by 
                 Rick Berman & Michael Piller 
                              
                          Teleplay by 
                        Michael Piller 
                              
                          Directed by 
                          Les Landau 
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Copyright 1991 Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights
Reserved. This script is not for publication or
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                         FINAL DRAFT
                        JULY 18, 1991
         STAR TREK: "Ensign Ro" - REV. 7/25/91 - CAST 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                          "Ensign Ro" 
                             CAST                               
                              
                PICARD             MOT, THE BARBER
                RIKER              ADMIRAL KENNELLY
                DATA               ENSIGN RO LAREN
                BEVERLY            KEEVE FALOR
                TROI               ORTA
                GEORDI             GUL DOLAK
                WORF               
                                   Non-Speaking
                GUINAN               BAJORANS
                TRANSPORTER OFFICER COLLINS
                COMPUTER VOICE     
                FEMALE COM VOICE  
 
                Non-Speaking       
                  SUPERNUMERARIES    
         STAR TREK: "Ensign Ro" - REV. 7/19/91 - SETS 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                          "Ensign Ro" 
                            
                             SETS 
            INTERIORS                  EXTERIORS
          
            USS ENTERPRISE             USS ENTERPRISE
              MAIN BRIDGE
              OBSERVATION LOUNGE       VALO THREE
              CAPTAIN'S READY ROOM       BAJORAN CAMP
              BARBER SHOP
              TRANSPORTER ROOM
              CORRIDOR
              TEN-FORWARD
              RO'S QUARTERS
          
            MOON CAVES
     STAR TREK: "Ensign Ro" - REV. 7/25/91 - PRONUNCIATION 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                          "Ensign Ro" 
                        
                      PRONUNCIATION GUIDE 
                  Antares          an-TAR-eez
                  Bajorans         bah-JOR-uh
                  Bajoran          bah-JOR-an
                  Baleekam         bah-LEE-kam
                  Balleek          bah-LEEK
                  Cardassian       car-DASS-ee-en
                  Garon            GAH-run
                  Gul Dolak        gull doh-LACK
                  Holza            HOHL-tsa
                  Jaros            JAHR-ohs
                  Keeve Falor      KEEV fah-LOHR
                  Kennelly         KEN-ell-ee
                  Mot              MAHT (rhymes w/ bought)
                  Orta             OHR-ta
                  Ro Laren         ROH LAH-ren
                  Solarion         soh-LEHR-ee-un
                  Valo             VAH-lo


 

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