Episode 265: "Homeward" 

The U.S.S. Enterprise responds to a distress call from Nikolai Rozhenko, Worf's foster brother, who is stationed as a cultural observer on Boraal II, a planet that is rapidly self-destructing. Since the Boraalans know nothing of space travel, Picard sends Worf to the surface disguised as a Boraalan. He soon finds Nikolai, also disguised, waiting in a cave with a group of villagers. The two beam back to the Enterprise, where Nikolai proposes a plan to save at least some of the Boraalans. Picard refuses on the grounds that any effort to help would violate the Prime Directive. Boraal II is then destroyed, and soon afterward, the ship experiences a power drain, which Worf investigates. His search leads him to the Holodeck, where he is shocked to find Nikolai hiding the Boraalan villagers in a replica of the cave where Worf first located them.
Furious, Worf reprimands Nikolai for disobeying Picard's orders. Picard is also angry, but still listens to Nikolai's plan to find a new M-Class planet to serve as home to the Boraalan colony. Nikolai believes that by using the Holodeck, he can fool the Boraalans into thinking that they are moving to a safer place on their own planet. Picard is skeptical, but he agrees to the plan. However, there is a problem the Holodeck has been damaged by the energy surges from Boraal II and will eventually break down. Still, Picard sees no choice but to try, and assigns Worf to watch his brother as he prepares the Boraalans for their "journey."

Nikolai and Worf return to the "cave" and tell the group that their village was destroyed and they must travel to a new home. Meanwhile, Data and Beverly find what appears to be a suitable planet, Vacca VI, and Picard orders the crew to set course for the location. Worf announces to the Boraalans that it is time to begin their journey, but one of the men, Vorin, is upset he has lost part of the written chronicle of the history of their village. He wanders through the Holodeck entrance trying to find it, and strays into the corridor.

The array of species and technology that he has never seen before terrifies Vorin, and although Riker and Troi quickly take charge, it is too late. Beverly is unable to erase Vorin's memory, so Troi and Picard try to gently explain what is really happening. Worf reports this to Nikolai, and tells him the staff will allow Vorin to return to the group if he chooses. Nikolai is upset that Vorin might reveal the truth and ruin everything, and the brothers begin to argue. Worf finally storms off in disgust, only to learn from Geordi that the Holodeck will not hold up much longer. Then, a Boraalan woman named Dobara approaches Worf and asks him to stand by his brother especially since she is carrying Nikolai's child.

The Enterprise enters orbit around Vacca VI and Picard tells Vorin that they have reached the planet. Vorin is torn he wants to rejoin his people, but he does not feel strong enough to hide what he knows, all the while realizing that if he tells them the truth, he will destroy everything they believe. Feeling like he no longer has a place, he commits suicide. Meanwhile, Worf confronts Nikolai about mating with a Boraalan, but their argument is interrupted when the Holodeck begins to collapse. Nikolai is able to convince the group that another storm has come and Worf successfully transports the entire group, including Nikolai and himself, to the surface of Vacca VI before the ruse is exposed. Realizing that his brother has actually enabled the Boraalans to start a new life, Worf finally begins to appreciate Nikolai's unorthodox methods. He leaves his brother to lead this group of people with a newfound understanding of their differences.

Production: 265
Season: 7 Episode: 13
Air Date: 01.17.1994
Stardate: 47423.9
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
Paul Sorvino as Nikolai
Penny Johnson as Dobara
Brian Markinson as Vorin
Edward Penn as Kateras
Paul Sorvino Bio:

Tall, commanding-looking Italian-American actor Paul Sorvino has made a solid career of portraying authority figures (on both sides of the law). He originally had his heart set on a life as a singer in the opera, but never quite achieved the vocal finesse required. He had additionally been exposed to dramatic arts while studying at the New York Music and Dramatic Academy, furthered his studies in the theater and eventually appeared in his first film Where's Poppa? (1970), at the age of 30. An interesting point is that Sorvino suffered from severe asthma, and worked hard at mastering various breathing techniques to manage the illness, and not let it interfere with his blossoming career.

He appeared in a variety of film, TV and theatrical productions over the next few years, and received critical praise for his role in the Broadway play "That Championship Season", a role he reprised in the 1981 film alongside Robert Mitchum and Martin Sheen. Other noteworthy performances during the 1980/'90s included a stressed-out police chief in Cruising (1980), Mike Hammer's cop buddy in I, the Jury (1982), Lips Manlis in the la standout performance as mob patriarch Paul Cicero in the powerhouse Goodfellas (1990).

Keeping himself continually busy, Sorvino has performed in nearly 50 movies in the past decade, including a dynamic portrayal of Henry Kissinger in Nixon (1995), as Fulgencio Capulet in the updated Romeo + Juliet (1996) and in the Las Vegas thriller The Cooler (2003). Sorvino has also tried his hand at film directing, started the Sorvino Asthma Foundation, and is the proud father of actress Mira Sorvino.

 

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                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                              
                          "Homeward" 
                          #40277-265 
                              
                           Story by 
                       Spike Steingasser 
                              
                          Teleplay by 
                         Naren Shankar 
                              
                    Based upon material by 
                         William Stape 
                              
                          Directed by 
                          Alex Singer 
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Copyright 1993 Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights
Reserved. This script is not for publication or
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                         FINAL DRAFT
                      OCTOBER 27, 1993
            STAR TREK: "Homeward" - 10/27/93 - CAST 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                          "Homeward" 
                             CAST                               
                              
                PICARD             DOBARA
                RIKER              KATERAS
                DATA               NIKOLAI
                BEVERLY            VORIN
                TROI               TARRANA
                WORF               HELMSMAN'S VOICE
                GEORDI             
                COMPUTER VOICE
     
                Non-Speaking       Non-Speaking
                  N.D. CREWMEMBERS   N.D BORAALANS
                  N.D SECURITY       
            STAR TREK: "Homeward" - 10/27/93 - SETS 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                          "Homeward" 
                       
                             SETS 
            INTERIORS                  EXTERIORS
          
            USS ENTERPRISE             USS ENTERPRISE
              BRIDGE
              SICKBAY                  PLANET SURFACE
              OBSERVATION LOUNGE
              CORRIDOR
              TURBOLIFT
              READY ROOM
              STELLAR CARTOGRAPHY
              ENGINEERING
              TEN FORWARD
              VORIN'S QUARTERS
          
              BORAALAN CAVERNS
                THE PASSAGEWAY
                CAMP
    STAR TREK: "Homeward" - 10/27/93 - PRONUNCIATION GUIDE 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                          "Homeward" 
                   
                      PRONUNCIATION GUIDE 
                   BORAAL            bore-AL
                   BORAALAN          bore-AL-en
                   CABRAL            cuh-BRAL
                   DOBARA            doe-BAR-uh
                   DRAYGO            DRAY-go
                   KATERAS           kuh-TARE-us
                   ROZHENKO          row-ZHEN-ko
                   TARRANA           tuh-RON-uh
                   VACCA             VACK-uh
                   VORIN             VORE-in

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