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Defector, The

Synopsis
This episode about a defecting Romulan General opens with the U.S.S. Enterprise’s Lt. commander Data performing the part of King Henry V on the holodeck. Captain Jean-Luc Picard observes Commander Data’s acting, suggesting that he will find no better way to pursue his quest to learn more about the human condition than by embracing the works of Shakespeare.
Series
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
1 Jan 1990
Duration
45 mins

Credits

Director
Robert Scheerer
Producer
Gene Roddenberry
Writer
Ronald D. Moore
Cast
Brent SpinerKing Henry V
Andreas KatsulasTomalak
Brent SpinerData
Gates McFaddenBeverly Crusher
James SloyanSetal / Jarok
Jonathan FrakesWilliam Thomas Riker
LeVar BurtonGeordi La Forge
Marina SirtisDeanna Troi
Michael DornWorf
Patrick StewartJean-Luc Picard
Patrick StewartMichael Williams
Simon TemplemanJohn Bates
Stack PierceAdmiral Hadon
Wil WheatonWesley Crusher

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
Future
Plays
Henry V
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Science fiction (television)

Notes

Notes
Available on DVD as part of the Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3 box set.
General
In the opening scene, Patrick Stewart also played the role of Michael Williams in the Henry V sequence. According to Wikipedia (op.cit.), Stewart requested this out of his love for Shakespeare.
History
Season 3, episode 10. Broadcast on US syndicated television.
Reviews
For more information on this episode and details of the Shakespeare-STAR TREK connection in general, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Defector_(Star_Trek:_The_Next_Generation) (accessed 3/9/2008).

Production Company

Name

Paramount Pictures

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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