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Recap: Star Trek The Next Generation S 5 E 8 Unification 2
Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Episode: Season 4, Episode 24
Title: Unification Part 2
Previous: Unification Part 1
Next: A Matter of Time
Recapper: Premonition45

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.

Tropes featured:

  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • Fat Bastard: The Ferengi trader Omag.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 2000 troops. That's barely enough to invade a single town 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). 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.
  • 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.
  • Tranquil Fury: Riker as he faces Omag.
    Riker: Let me explain what's going to happen if you don't tell me about that Vulcan ship. Your passage rights through this sector will be revoked. But more than that, I'll be very unhappy.
  • You Remind Me of X: Spock tells Picard that he reminds him of "another Captain of the Enterprise I once knew."
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