Season: 5

Original Airdate: 9/21/1991

Writer(s): Ronald D. Moore
Director(s): David Carson

Guest Stars
Nicholas Kepros as Movar
J.D. Cullum as Toral
Denise Crosby as Sela
Michael G. Hagerty as Larg
Tony Todd as Kurn
Robert O’Reilly as Gowron
Colm Meaney as Miles O’Brien
Fran Bennett as Admiral
Timothy Carhart as Hobson
Jordan Lund as Kulge
Stephen James Carver as Helmsman
Clifton Jones as Ensign Craig
Barbara March as Lursa
Gwynyth Walsh as B’Etor
Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan

Stardate: 45020.4

Synopsis: The premiere of the fifth season was the second part of the previous season’s cliffhanger episode. The war between Duras’ family and Gowron’s heats up and Duras appears to be winning. They have had the help of the Romulans commanded by Sela. The Federation wishes to stay out of the fight since it is an internal civil war but Picard convinces the Fleet Admiral that the Romulans may be involved and therefore the Federation should be as well. Picard sets up a blockade to prevent Romulan ships from sending supplies to Duras’ forces and eventually, Duras’ forces are defeated by Gowrons. Sela, in one of the strangest (but predictable) twists on the show, claims to be Tasha Yar’s daughter. Since Tasha died childless in “Skin of Evil”, it seems impossible for her to have a grown up daughter much less one in a position of command in the Romulan Empire. For the answer, one needs to look at the events in “Yesterday’s Enterprise”. In that episode, the Enterprise D encountered Enterprise C in an alternate history where Tasha was still alive on the D. At the end of the episode, she returns to the past on the Enterprise C. When the Enterprise D returns to its correct history line, all memories of the encounter vanish and Tasha’s existence on the C was forgotten. However, Tasha was captured by the Romulans when she returned to the past on the Enterprise C and eventually married a Romulan General and had a child by him. Tasha was eventually executed for trying to escape the Empire and Sela, Tasha’s daughter, now has a hatred for Picard since he sent Tasha back on the Enterprise C.

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