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Production Number: X
Original Air Date: 12-13-02
Stardates: 56844.9

Synopsis: After the wedding reception for Commander Riker and Commander Troi on Earth, the U.S.S. Enterprise heads for Betazed to complete a traditional Betazoid wedding. On the way, the Enterprise detects a positronic signature on the planet Kolarus Three near the Romulan Neutral Zone. Captain Picard leads an away team to the planet, where they find a disassembled prototype of Data, an android named B-4. After recovering the android, Captain Picard receives orders from Admiral Janeway at Starfleet to take the Enterprise to Romulus to meet with the new Romulan Praetor named Shinzon.

Shinzon is a clone of Picard, created by the Romulan military years ago to infiltrate Starfleet, but a new Romulan government abandoned the project and sent the clone to work in the dilithium mines on the dark side of Remus, a planet inhabited by a slave class bred to be workers and soldiers of the empire. Shinzon later led an uprising of the Reman slaves and secretly constructed a powerful cloaked battleship equipped with an illegal thalaron radiation weapon that can destroy organic matter. After the Romulan Senate rejects a Reman alliance, a thalaron weapon is used to kill the entire Senate, and Shinzon assumes control of the government with the support of the Romulan military.

To correct a genetic defect that is killing him, Shinzon needs an infusion of Picard's DNA, and he also plans to use his thalaron weapon to destroy Earth. He is using the B-4 android to lure the Enterprise to Romulus, and to gather information about the Federation Starfleet before his attack.

  • Factoid: Since the Reman mines have not been meeting their quotas for months, the Romulan Senate is considering whether to open trade negotiations with Celes Two.

  • Factoid: Captain Picard has represented the Federation in first contact with 27 alien species. He was the first Picard to leave the Solar system.

  • Factoid: Guinan has been married 23 times.

  • Factoid: Romulan Ale is illegal, according to Lt. Commander La Forge.

  • Factoid: One side of Remus always faces the sun.

  • Factoid: Reman soldiers fought for the Romulans during the Dominion War.

  • Factoid: William Riker has been promoted to captain, and will take command of the U.S.S. Titan.

  • Guest Characters: Wesley Crusher, Guinan, Admiral Kathryn Janeway, Spot
    Alien Races: El-Aurian, Romulans, *Remans, *Kolaruns, Bolians, Vulcans
    Starships: U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-E, *[U.S.S. Intrepid NCC-74630], *[U.S.S. Valiant NCC-75418], *[U.S.S. Galaxy NCC-70637], *[U.S.S. Aires NCC-45167], *[U.S.S. Nova NCC-73515], [U.S.S. Hood NCC-42236], *[U.S.S. Archer NCC-44278], *Reman Warbird Scimitar, *Romulan Warbird Valdore

    KEY: [brackets]=illusions   *star=first appearance

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