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Preemptive Strike 

Following her return from Advanced Tactical Training, Bajoran Ro Laren is sent to infiltrate the Maquis and finds herself torn between her loyalty to Picard and Starfleet, and her sympathy with the Maquis fighting "the good fight".


Patrick Stewart


Gene Roddenberry (created by), René Echevarria (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »


Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Michelle Forbes ... Lieutenant Ro Laren
John Franklyn-Robbins ... Macias
Natalija Nogulich ... Adm. Alynna Nechayev
William Thomas Jr. William Thomas Jr. ... Santos
Shannon Cochran ... Kalita
Richard Poe ... Gul Evek




Ensign Ro Laren is welcomed back with a party after advanced tactical training. Almost immediately she's picked as best suited for an undercover mission in the demilitarized zone, to prevent the peace treaty with the Cardassians being undermined by illegally attacking Federation 'Maquis' ships. Given her ethnic and personal background, the conflict of loyalties grows as her covert mission to trap the resistance fighters succeeds. Written by KGF Vissers

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The Bajoran dish "hasperat" that Ro served to Macias was actually a large burrito, stuffed with sour cream, seasonings meats and vegetables. It has become something of a running gag among most science fiction shows that some foods, despite unique names, as well as minor differences in ingredients & preparation, are virtually identical among disparate species. In Babylon 5 for example, Breen is a Narn delicacy that is almost indistinguishable from the Earth dish Swedish Meatballs, a fact commented upon by a Narn ship captain who legitimately believed it was Breen when served to him by the Narn ambassador to Babylon 5. See more »


At the beginning of the episode, Picard asks Ro to come to the bridge. While she is talking with Geordi, Beverly and Deanna, the shortest route to go to the bridge would be the door behind her. See more »


Ro Laren: [to Picard] When you sent me on this mission... I thought that I could do it - even though it meant helping the Cardassians, even though it meant betraying people who were fighting against them. Now I'm not sure where I stand.
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Referenced in Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force (2000) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Lieutenant Ro on a mission
24 September 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Lieutenant Ro Laren is back from Star Fleet tactical training just in time for some Maquis uprising against the ruling Cardassians. Hearts may be with the Maquis, but the Federation has a treaty with the Cardassians.

Patrick Stewart sends Michelle Forbes on a mission to seek out a Maquis cell and find out what they're up to. But what happens is that she starts a realization of her Bajoran roots when she meets up with the Maquis cell. Most especially with the head of said cell John Franklyn- Robbins with whom she develops an almost father/daughter relationship.

Captain Picard has considered Ro his own protégé and Michelle Forbes's scenes with Picard as well as Macias the Maquis leader have a lot of poignancy.

In the end, in her last appearance on TNG as Ro Laren Michelle Forbes gave a real good performance. I do regret that she was not able to be worked into a Deep Space Nine episode or two.

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14 May 1994 (USA) See more »

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