Cast and Crew - Ro Laren
CAST AND CREW
Ro Laren /
has led an extremely tragic life which has unfortunately
burdened her intelligence, heroism and courage as a potential
officer with a troubled, unstable career and personal life.
Only some five years after her Academy graduation, Captain
Jean-Luc Picard felt she would have attained lieutenant
commander's rank if not for her court-martial.
As a sign of her inner strength and drive, Ro was able to overcome her tortuous childhood and won sponsorship as part of the stricter admission requirements of a non-Federation citizen to Starfleet Academy, graduating within the regular four-year curriculum with at least one class in botany that she later felt embarrassed by.
Within three years, Ro was court-martialed for an incident on Garon II while aboard the U.S.S. Wellington in which she "didn't follow orders" and eight away team members died, although she never defended herself at the trial.
Ro was pardoned on Stardate 45077.1 from her resulting prison term on Jaros II by Admiral Kennelly, who needed her to offer arms and lure into the open the Bajoran resistance leader Orta, wrongly blamed for a raid on a Federation colony. The Cardassians themselves staged the strike to dupe Kennelly into helping them get Orta, but a tortured Ro revealed the deception at Guinan's urging and planned the ruse to reveal them all, with Picard's blessing.
After returning from a grueling year in 2370 at Starfleet's
Advanced Tactical Training under Lt. Commander Chakotay and
promoted to lieutenant, she followed her heart guiltily and
joined the Maquis after a covert operation among them near
Ronara Prime. It was reported her greatest sense of regret for
that decision was in reneging on the trust Captain Picard had
shown in her.
appearing in "Star Trek: Next Generation" as Ro Laren, Michelle
Forbes was approached to play the same character on Star Trek Deep
Space 9. When Forbes turned down the part, because she didn't want
to commit to a regular TV role at that point in her career, a new
Bajoran character, Kira Nerys, was created and Nana Visitor was cast
in that part.