Episode 224: "The Next Phase" 

Upon receiving a distress signal from a Romulan science ship, Picard surprises some crew members by sending an Away Team to help. The Romulan officers are also surprised, but are also relieved to be rescued. During the mission, Geordi discovers that one of the ship's generators needs replacement, so he and Ro prepare to beam back to the U.S.S. Enterprise to replicate the part. However, something goes wrong during the transport. After dematerializing from the Romulan ship, the pair fail to reappear on the Enterprise. After several failed attempts to bring them back, Picard and the crew are forced to accept the fact that their comrades are dead. Later, Ro mysteriously appears in Sickbay, where Picard and Dr. Crusher are signing her death certificate. She tries to talk to them to tell them she is alive, but they don't hear her. She stands in front of them, but they don't see her. In fact, Picard actually walks right through her. Because of this, Ro concludes she must be dead.
Ro eventually runs into Geordi, who has been having the same strange experiences. Although the pair can hear, see and touch each other, they seem to be removed from the rest of the ship. Ro tells Geordi she believes this means that they are dead, and have returned to the ship as spirits. Geordi, however, refuses to accept her explanation and sets about trying to find a solution.

Data takes on the dual task of planning a memorial service for his fallen crewmates and investigating the mishap that caused their deaths. Geordi is present when Data surmises that the accident had something to do with the accident that occurred aboard the Romulan ship. He and Worf return to the ship to investigate, with the invisible Geordi and Ro secretly tagging along. Once on the ship, the Romulans act very secretive when Data asks to scan their engine room. However, they talk freely once Data leaves the room, unaware that Geordi and Ro can hear everything they say. The invisible pair soon learn that the Romulans are testing a new cloaking device that hides things by dematerializing them. They realize that they are not dead just accidentally cloaked.

Unfortunately, the pair must find a way to get uncloaked before the Enterprise leaves the Romulan ship's area or they really will be dead. Geordi finds a way back on the Enterprise, when Data notices a high level of chroniton fields on the ship. Geordi realizes that he and Ro create these fields by making contact with objects aboard the ship. He is further encouraged when Data sprays the contaminated areas with a substance that gives Ro and Geordi back some of their substance. They realize they must work to create as many chroniton fields as possible so that Data will spray enough of the chemical to force them to rematerialize. The pair implement their plan at their memorial service, which is more like a huge party. They create a large number of chroniton fields, forcing Data to use an large amount of spray to eliminate them. When he does, their images reappear but only for a brief moment. Luckily, both Data and Picard see the pair and realize what has happened. They flood the room with the anti-chroniton chemical and Geordi and Ro rematerialize, turning the memorial observance into a celebration of life.

Production: 224
Season: 5 Episode: 24
Air Date: 05.18.1992
Stardate: 45092.4
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
Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan
Michelle Forbes as Ro Laren
Thomas Kopache as Mirok
Susanna Thompson as Varel
Kenneth Meseroll as Ensign McDowell
Shelby Leverington as Brossmer
Brian Cousins as Parem
Plot holes: Geordi LaForge and Ro Laren are accidentally cloaked and phased, meaning that they become invisible and their molecules pass through other matter (in other words, they are like ghosts). However, they are still able to see normal matter, they are still able to walk about the ship (they can pass through doors and walls, but floors still work as usual?), they are still able to breathe air, and they are still able to communicate with each other through speaking (sound waves carried through the air)... none of which should be possible if they are really cloaked and phased (they shouldn't be able to interact with light or matter in any way).

Continuity: In episode, "The Next Phase", Transporter Chief Brossmer's transporter console changes height between shots.

 

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STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                              
                       "The Next Phase" 
                          #40275-224 
                              
                          Written by 
                        Ronald D. Moore 
                              
                          Directed by 
                         David Carson 
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                         FINAL DRAFT
                       MARCH 15, 1992
         STAR TREK: "The Next Phase" - 3/15/92 - CAST 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                       "The Next Phase" 
                             CAST                               
                              
                PICARD             MIROK
                RIKER              VAREL
                DATA               PAREM
                BEVERLY            
                TROI               
                GEORDI             
                WORF               
                                   Non-Speaking
                                     N.D. ROMULANS
                CHIEF BROSSMER     
                RO                 
                ENSIGN McDOWELL 
   
                Non-Speaking       
                  ENSIGN SOUSA       
                  N.D. ENGINEERS     
                  N.D. NURSES        
                  SICKBAY PATIENTS   
                  SUPERNUMERARIES    
         STAR TREK: "The Next Phase" - 03/15/92 - SETS 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                       "The Next Phase" 
                        
                             SETS 
            INTERIORS                  EXTERIORS
          
            USS ENTERPRISE             USS ENTERPRISE
              MAIN BRIDGE
              CAPTAIN'S READY ROOM     ROMULAN SCIENCE SHIP
              TRANSPORTER ROOM
              CORRIDOR                 SHUTTLECRAFT
              SICKBAY
              BEVERLY'S OFFICE
              ENGINEERING
              TEN FORWARD
              SHUTTLEBAY
          
            ROMULAN SCIENCE SHIP
              ENGINE ROOM
          
            SHUTTLECRAFT
    STAR TREK: "The Next Phase" - 03/19/92 - PRONUNCIATION 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                       "The Next Phase" 
                        
                      PRONUNCIATION GUIDE 
                      MUON       MEW-ahn
            *"mew" like the sound a kitten makes     

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