Continuing their rendition of The Search for Spock, part 2 of Star Trek: The Next Generation's "Unification" finds Spock among the Romulans as a "cowboy diplomat," in Captain Picard's words. Spock is on a personal mission to effect reunification between the Romulans and the Vulcans, their races being distant cousins. He receives assurances of the feasibility of this from the Romulans' own "young and idealistic" Proconsul, despite many signs the Romulans have an ulterior motive in encouraging him. Riker's investigation into the theft of a decommissioned Vulcan ship reveals the culprit is Romulan in origin. And we find the Romulans' own yearning for reunification is indeed warlike, since they have appropriated a number of Vulcan ships, such as the missing one Riker is investigating, to launch a surprise invasion of Vulcan.
Although Spock is now quite an august figure, lacking in the energy we may all remember from the days of the original series, his dignified bearing still elicits awe in the viewer, making this two-part episode more than an act of nostalgia. There are numerous occasions for Spock and Data to engage in compare-and-contrast dialogues, as two logical beings yearning after seemingly opposite goals, one to be more human and the other to be pure logic. And the resolution of Spock's long-standing differences with his father are wonderfully resolved in the person of Picard, whose mind meld with Sarek he can now pass on to the son. A very touching and ennobling addition to the Star Trek canon. Also, don't miss Worf singing a Klingon opera. --Jim Gay
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