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The High Ground 

While visiting a planet under civil war, Dr. Crusher is taken hostage by an opposing faction of the planet's ruling government.


Gabrielle Beaumont


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Melinda M. Snodgrass | 1 more credit »


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
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Kerrie Keane ... Alexana Devos
Richard Cox ... Kyril Finn
Marc Buckland ... Waiter
Fred G. Smith Fred G. Smith ... Policeman
Christopher Pettiet ... Boy




When most away-teams are visiting the Ruthian planet under civil war since 70 years between two continents, Dr. Crusher is taken hostage while attending local wounded by an Ensata (western continent) autonomist faction of the ruling government which uses terrorist techniques such as bomb attacks. Her son Wesley Crusher is assigned to Lieutenant Worf's technology team, and spots radiation traces indicating the use of life-threatening dimension shift techniques abandoned by Federation research because of the health toll, which fit perfectly the Ruthian government's nightmare, 'inverters' used by the Ensata revolt to dodge all scans. Her keeper Kyril Finn, the Ensata leader, shows the great need for medical aid their side is not getting from the Federation, alas the inverter causes DNA warping she can't treat, and explains how he hopes to make the Federation end the bloody conflict at last. Discussions and attacks go on... Written by KGF Vissers

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This was the first episode of the "Star Trek" franchise to be both written by a woman (Melinda M. Snodgrass) and directed by a woman (Gabrielle Beaumont). The only other "Star Trek" episode to be completely written and directed by women is Star Trek: Enterprise: Exile (2003), which was written by Phyllis Strong and directed by Roxann Dawson. All other "Star Trek" episodes directed by women were either written by men or co-written by a team of male and female writers. See more »


When the first attack happens, Dr. Crusher "orders" Worf to get bandages. Her superior rank is not in his chain of command and his standing order to protect her comes from their superior, Captain Picard. Worf should have gotten her to a secure location with or without her consent. See more »


Kyril Finn: Don't you know? A dead martyr's worth ten posturing leaders.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Science Fiction as scifi is intended to be
25 July 2007 | by kneegroowSee all my reviews

This episode deals with the repercussions of terrorism. Not on its victims. But on the not inoccent-at-all bystanders: .

The crew of the Enterprise.

It poses the question of whether we should intervene in local affairs. Nowadays it can be seen as a commentary on the Israeli occupation, and annexation of the West bank,

or the Northern Ireland situation.

Hereby SF fullfills it function as social commentary on present day. This can be seen as Sci-Fi function to society. It is a mirror to our present day society.

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27 January 1990 (USA) See more »

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