Recap / Star Trek: The Next Generation S5E8 "Unification 2"
Spock is promoting the idea of reunification of Romulus and Vulcan, but Picard is sceptical with good cause — Romulan Proconsul Neral is plotting with Sela to invade Vulcan with stolen Vulcan ships in the guise of a peace envoy.
- Asshole Victim: The smuggler whose ship Riker destroyed, according to his ex-wife.
- Bond Villain Stupidity / Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard: Sela locks Captain Picard, Lt. Commander Data, and Ambassador Spock, the supreme examples of the Smart Guy, in a room with a computer terminal and holographic projectors. Not to mention that, as SF Debris pointed out, even normal prisoners could have just waited for the Romulans to come back and then hit them with the furniture.
- Call-Back: Sela refers to Data as "the android I have come to respect in battle…", in reference to Data exposing her Romulan convoy during "Redemption: Part II".
- Don't Call Me "Sir": Neral says he doesn't like using his title.
- Dressing as the Enemy: The Romulans' plan to invade Vulcan involves using Vulcan ships that supposedly carry a peace envoy—in reality, thousands of Romulan soldiers. Until Spock ruins everything.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Spock's about as disappointed as a Vulcan can get, discovering that Pardek, a lifelong friend, has betrayed him.
- Fantastic Racism: Sela, to the surprise of precisely no one, hates Vulcans.
- Fat Bastard: The Ferengi trader Omag.
- Food Slap: Riker gets so irritated with Omag being so uncooperative with answering his questions that he dumps a plate of fish into the Ferengi's lap.
- Hell Is That Noise: Omag really doesn't like Klingon opera.
- Hidden Depths: Sela says she rather enjoys writing, and doesn't get to do much of it in her current job.
- Hypocrite: Among the things Sela says she hates about Vulcans is the arrogance. Ignoring the general Romulan attitude to everyone everywhere, she's got several displays of it going on in this episode alone.
- I Choose to Stay: Spock tells Picard that he will stay on Romulus to help the unification movement.
Spock: An inexorable evolution toward a Vulcan philosophy has already begun. Like the first Vulcans, these people are struggling to a new enlightenment and it may take decades or even centuries for them to reach it but they will reach it… and I must help.
- Idiot Ball: It cannot be stated enough how monumentally stupid Sela was leaving those three alone.
- Irony: As Spock notes, Data was built with what most Vulcans spend all their lives seeking, and yet he wishes to become more human.
- Data also remarks that it works the other way around too. Spock is half-human and has chosen to throw away what Data constantly aspires to be.
- A Lady on Each Arm: How Omag enters.
- The Mole: Pardek.
- Morton's Fork: Spock analyzes one to his advantage. Sela tells him to record a message to help the invasion or die. Spock responds that, given that she will most likely kill him anyway once he's done, he refuses to do it. Sela, however, foresaw this possibility, and activates a holographic Spock which would deliver the message.
- Not So Different: Spock and Data find they're quite similar to one another.
- Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: Sela's grand plan to invade Vulcan… with a grand total of at most 6,000 troops (Geordi says "2,000" at one point and sounds like he's referring to the whole force but might have meant that's how many each of the three ships carried). That's barely enough to invade a town or two, much less than a entire planet (granted, orbital superiority is a force multiplier, but that's dependent on the defenders not having ships of their own; there's also the possibility that the Romulans are significantly underestimating the Vulcans' capabilities, as they're known for being pacifists). She then lauds that they'd be nearly impossible to discharge since they had been "dug in" by the time Starfleet responds. Word of God has been criticized for this, but they've tried to defend this by saying that a "Trojan horse" had been the only plausible way Vulcan could be invaded.
- And as the rest of the episode shows, those ships were flanked by at least two more warships, so they weren't going in completely alone.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: After how badly negotiating peace with the Klingons almost went, Spock is unwilling to risk anyone's life but his own when it comes to the unification of Vulcans and Romulans.
- So Proud of You: Spock learns from mind-melding with Picard how proud Sarek was of him.
- Talk to the Fist: Picard decks one of Sela's Romulan guards.
- Tranquil Fury: Riker as he faces Omag.
- Trap Is the Only Option: Spock knows that the upcoming Peace Conference with Neral may be a ruse, but decides to go through with it so he can find out what's really going on.
- We Have Reserves: After the invasion of Vulcan is exposed, the Romulans have no problem destroying the slow transports carrying two thousand of their soldiers.
- Wham Shot: After Spock leaves his meeting with Neral, Sela comes out of a nearby room, clearly in cahoots with Neral.
- While You Were in Diapers:
Spock: (to Picard) I was involved with "cowboy diplomacy," as you describe it, long before you were born.
- With Due Respect: Picard says this to Spock before condemning his "cowboy diplomacy."
- You Are a Credit to Your Race: Spock considers Picard "remarkably analytical and dispassionate, especially for a human."
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Spock predicts that Sela will kill him, Picard, and Data even if they cooperate.
- You Remind Me of X: Spock tells Picard that he reminds him of "another Captain of the Enterprise I once knew."
- He unfavorably compares Picard to Sarek, fully aware of the mind-meld Picard shared with his father, and uses it as an excuse to ignore Picard's warnings about the Romulans. When Picard calls him on it, Spock realizes he's carrying over his familial arguments and clouding his judgment.