Episode #107 & #108: Unification,parts 1 & 2

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Episode #107 & #108: Unification,parts 1 & 2

Post  BoG on Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:27 pm


UNIFICATION, Parts One & Two episodes #7 & #8 of 5th season / Air Dates: 11/4 & 11/11/91
written by Rick Berman, Michael Piller, Jeri Taylor; Directed by Les Landau (pt.1), Cliff Bole (pt.2)

At the time, this 2-part episode was famous even before it aired; all the fans knew that it would feature Spock (Leonard Nimoy) from TOS. It had the highest ratings as a result. The episode itself: much talk, less action. I found it to be dull back in 1991; nowadays, it's interesting to watch as a historical footnote - even there it fails a bit: a decade later, there was no sign of Spock or his efforts on Romulus in Star Trek Nemesis (2002), so everything which happens here seems for naught. It also comes across as gimmicky, coinciding with the release of Star Trek VI:The Undiscovered Country (1991).
In the plot, a female Starfleet admiral informs Picard that an important ambassador has disappeared - possibly defected to the Romulans. Of course, she speaks of Spock. Picard first rushes over to see Spock's father, Sarek (Mark Lenard), but Sarek has worsened since his appearance in Sarek; he's near the end. But, he becomes lucid for a few moments to give Picard some info. Towards the end of part one, Picard receives a message that Sarek has died, so this marked the end of Sarek's saga.
Anyway, Picard's mission is to get to Romulus and find out what's going on; for this he needs a cloaked Klingon ship, so the Klingons become involved. As a sidenote, Gowran is busy rewriting history and doesn't want to acknowledge Picard's help in making him chancellor. As happens in these 2-parters, the heroes split into 2 teams: Picard & Data go to Romulus, while Riker commands the Enterprise to a surplus yard to get to the bottom of a Vulcan ship mystery. The 'space yard' is somewhat interesting - it's where all the old starships end up.


Picard does find Spock, who has contacted a sect of Romulans who are interested in reuniting with their Vulcan brothers (Romulans are offshoots of Vulcans) - hence, Unification or "reunification" as it's stated. But, Spock doesn't appear 'till the very end of part one, leaving many viewers feeling cheated. The pace is slow for much of this, like it was biding time until Spock's reveal. Eventually, we learn, in part 2, that Sela (Denise Crosby-back from Redemption) is in charge of a plot to conquer Vulcan.

The final act of the 2nd part gets amusing or ridiculous, depending on how you look at it. Denise Crosby overacts again, coming across like a villain from a 1930s serial; she has a couple of funny lines, but her whole plot falls apart because she only has two Romulan soldiers at her disposal, allowing Spock, Picard & Data to out-maneuver her. Next time, Sela-baby, maybe you ought to have a squadron on hand to make sure your plans come to fruition. BoG's Score: 6 out of 10




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