Stardate 43462.5: A legendary Romulan strategist/warrior assumes a new identity and races to warn the Federation of a massive Romulan invasion in the near future, but his attempts are thwarted by the crew’s prejudice and suspicions, not to mention the Romulans themselves, eager to do away with both the defector and the Enterprise.
written by Ronald D. Moore
directed by Robert Scheerer
music by Ron Jones
Guest Cast: James Sloyan (Setal / Admiral Jarok), Andreas Katsulas (Commander Tomalok), John Hancock (Starfleet Admiral), S.A. Templeman (Holodeck “John Bates”), Patrick Stewart (Holodeck “Michael Williams”)
Notes: Although produced after The Bonding, The Defector was the first Star Trek spec script bought from writer and fan Ronald D. Moore, who would become one of the series’ most frequent writers, the co-writer of two of the four Next Generation feature films and numerous Deep Space Nine episodes, and later became the showrunner of the highly acclaimed 21st century remake of Battlestar Galactica. Prior to this script catching the attention of executive producer Michael Piller, Moore had not successfully sold a single television or film script and had no agent.
LogBook entry by Earl Green