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Jono , born Jeremiah Rossa , was the Human surrogate son of the Talarian captain Endar and grandson of Starfleet Vice Admiral Connaught Rossa .

The son of Connor and Moira Rossa , Jeremiah was born in 2353 at the Galen IV colony . Jeremiah's parents were both killed during a Talarian attack on the colony during the Galen border conflict in 2357 . However, he was subsequently claimed by the Talarian officer Endar, who treated him like his own son and gave him the name "Jono". While living with Endar, Jono fractured his ribs , arm , and sustained a concussion , all attributable to childhood accidents, rather than child abuse .

He was rescued by the USS Enterprise -D in 2367 from a disabled Talarian observation craft . When Captain Jean-Luc Picard discovered his identity, he tried to bring out Jono's Human side. Jono at first responded, but later tried to murder Picard by stabbing him with a d'k tahg . He did this hoping he would be put to death and would not have to choose between his Human side and Talarian side. He finally decided to stay with his "real" father, Endar . ( TNG : " Suddenly Human ")

Jeremiah Rossa in 2353

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In the first issue of IDW Publishing 's Star Trek: Resurgence , Jono had become a captain in the Talarian militia in 2380 .

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Jono in 2367.

Jono was a human raised as a Talarian . His birth name was Jeremiah Rossa .

Rossa was born to Connor and Moira Rossa on Galen IV in 2353 . Four years later , in an attack during the Galen border conflicts , Rossa's parents were killed by Talarians. As per Talarian rights, Rossa was adopted by a Talarian named Endar , who welcomed him into his family like a son. He was integrated into Talarian society, renamed Jono, unaware of his fading human side.

In 2367 , he and several Talarian youths were training on a Talarian starship when it became disabled. The Starfleet starship USS Enterprise -D rescued them. During his time aboard the Enterprise , Captain Jean-Luc Picard attempted to renew Jono's interest in his humanity, even going as far as to get him into contact with his paternal grandmother, Admiral Connaught Rossa .

Torn between his true identity and his adoptive culture, Jono lashed out, attempting to stab Picard in an attempt to be put to death for his actions and end the dilemma. In the end, with the decision up to Jono, he chose to return with Endar to Talarian society. ( TNG : " Suddenly Human ")

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Ambassador Jono in 2386.

Jono rose through the ranks in the Talarian military and eventually became a respected commander. He opposed raids into Cardassia and the Demilitarized Zone in the 2370s .

After witnessing the horrors his adopted people had inflicted on the Cardassian and DMZ survivors, he sought to be a peacemaker.

While infiltrating Xe'na'zha in the Badlands in late 2385 , Jono's life was saved by Benjamin Bartholomew . ( PDN : "Above the Wrecks of Time")

In 2386 , Jono became Talarian Ambassador to the Colonial Alliance , though he maintained his rank of Captain in the Talarian space fleet.

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In both his canonical appearance on TNG and his "appearances by photomanipulation " in Star Trek: Pendragon , Jono was played by Chad Allen .

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The Enterprise responds to a distress signal from a damaged Talarian ship. They are nervous to lend aid because the Talarians are a ruthless and militaristic people who relatively recently went to war with the Federation. Picard decides to risk it, and the away team finds a number of wounded Talarians as well as a human teen boy.

The human boy, Jono, turns out to have been raised by the Talarians as one of their own from an early age, to the point that he does not recognize himself as human. He treats the human crew of the Enterprise with derision until Picard arrives, and Jono's rigid upbringing forces him to respect the authority of a captain. Still, Jono insists that he be returned to his own Talarian captain as soon as possible.

Crusher discovers that Jono has received critical injuries in the past few years and suspects that the Talarians have been abusing him. She strongly urges Picard to keep Jono out of the hands of his abusers, even if his values have been twisted to accept them as his family. Picard also learns that Jono's closest human relative is a highly respected admiral from a long line of great Federation officers. He is torn between ripping Jono from his adopted family and "saving" him from them.

When the Talarians arrive to pick up their lost crewmen, the captain, Endar, reveals that he has adopted Jono as his son. He also explains that Jono's injuries were not abuse but a simple accident from when the boy tried a daring stunt to impress him. When Picard delays returning Jono along with the other Talarians, Endar states that he will go to war if his son is not returned soon.

Picard takes Jono under his wing and tries to get him acquainted with his human heritage, hoping that if Jono chooses to remain with the Federation, Endar will respect the decision and not attack. They play sports, eat ice cream, socialize with the crew and watch a video from his human grandmother. Conflicted, the boy closes out the day by stabbing Picard in his bed, nearly killing him. When confronted about his deed, Jono states that he would rather die than allow who he is to be torn away from him.

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  • Abusive Parents : What Doctor Crusher and the rest of the crew believe Endar is. It turns out that Jono received his injuries trying to fit in with his peers.
  • Actually Pretty Funny : When Wesley gets covered in ice cream, even he can't help but laugh.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality : Captain Endar raised Jono as his own son since according to Talarian tradition, he is allowed to claim the son of a slain enemy after he lost his own son in a Starfleet attack.
  • Boomerang Bigot : Jono/Jeremiah looks down on non-Talarians, despite himself being human by blood.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones : Whilst he led attacks that wiped out Federation colonies and - to human eyes - abducted a child, Endar shows obvious love and affection for Jono. Their face-to-face interaction, whilst formal, is undoubtedly emotionally charged and Endar's relief when Jono is finally returned is palpable.
  • Even Evil Has Standards : Despite being an unapologetic member of a warlike and misogynistic race that forbids even so much as skin contact with other species, Endar is taken aback when Picard accuses him of abusing his adopted son, and then explains how those injuries really happened.
  • Fantastic Racism : Talarians really don't like aliens, to the point that they insist on wearing gloves on board the Enterprise in order to avoid coming into physical contact with them (although Jono removes his at the end when saying goodbye to Picard, demonstrating the respect he has developed for him). However, this appears to be strictly cultural rather than racial, as Jono himself is evidently accepted fully as one of them and seems to have faced no prejudice due to his human birth — which means that, to an extent, the Talarians are actually more tolerant than the Vulcans .
  • Future Music : Jono spends a great deal of his time sulking in his quarters playing an incredibly screechy kind of Talarian heavy metal known as Alba Ra .
  • Happily Adopted : Jono and his adoptive father Endar clearly love each other as much as if they were one another's flesh and blood. It takes the Enterprise crew most of the episode to accept this.
  • Interspecies Adoption : Endar adopted Jono.
  • It's All About Me : Jono's human grandmother, a Starfleet admiral, seems only concerned with having him "carry on the family line."
  • No Woman's Land : The Talarians' society is mentioned to be a strict patriarchy, where a woman can never outrank a man.
  • Only Sane Man : Once again, Worf is the one to state the most bluntly practical and least idealistic viewpoint on the situation. He questions the wisdom of going to war with the Talarians over a single boy.
  • Outliving One's Offspring : Connaught Rossa has outlived both of her sons.
  • Parental Abandonment : Jono's parents were killed in the Talarian attack when he was young.
  • Parental Substitute : Picard attempts to become this for Jono, but Jono feels more affection for Endar, his adoptive father.
  • Prefers Rocks to Pillows : Jono has to sleep in a hammock because beds "hurt his back."
  • Raised by Orcs : Jono was raised by Talarians in a society with values that the Federation finds rather repugnant, but they must eventually recognize that Jono has been raised in that society so long that it is permanently engrained in his identity
  • Replacement Goldfish : Jono was adopted as a replacement child for Endar, whose biological child was killed in a battle with humans.
  • Suicide by Cop : Jono, torn between human and Talarian societies, tries to find a way out by stabbing Picard, believing he will be executed for it. Ultimately averted since Picard has absolutely no intention of executing him, and realizes he should have taken greater account of Jono's wishes.
  • Stock Footage : Geordi LaForge only appears in a very brief scene, which is recycled from an earlier episode. The reason for this is that LeVar Burton suffered an accident shortly before filming started on the 4th season.
  • Stockholm Syndrome : Dr. Crusher believes Jono has this, as she thinks his adopted family have been abusing him . By the end of the episode, though, it's clear she's wrong on both counts.
  • Temporary Substitute : Geordi only appears via Stock Footage in this episode. LeVar Burton had surgery shortly before filming began on "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II" so his scenes for that episode were shot in post-production, and many of his lines were given to O'Brien. "Suddenly Human" was the first episode filmed after "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II", but was switched in order and aired after "Family" and "Brothers".
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy : Jono's relationship with Endar has shades of this. Thankfully Endar is aware of his son's over-achieving nature and does indeed care for him, just appearing aloof.
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4.4 Suddenly Human

After stumbling upon a Talarian starship which has suffered an engine malfunction, causing injury to the small crew, the Enterprise rescues the injured to discover that one of the five boys isn’t a Talarian at all – he’s a human!

The boy, named Jono, is initially defiant. He and his shipmates do nothing but rock and howl, like Wesley before his latest Starfleet entrance exam. Only when Picard arrives and is identified as the Captain do they engage with their rescuers, and Jono makes a formal request to return home. Meaning with the Talarians. At first, Picard is unsure what to do.

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An investigation by Dr. Crusher has discovered evidence that Jono has suffered multiple severe injuries over the last few years, and she believes that his captors brutalised him. They discover his real/previous identity as Jeremiah Rossa, the believed-dead grandson of a Starfleet Admiral. So as if this wasn’t a difficult enough situation, Picard now has to deal with pressure from his boss to not give away her miraculously-resurrected grandchild. He resolves to help Jono find his human side, and despite his protestations, Troi points out there he’s the only one there qualified to do it.

What follows is basically a montage of odd-couple type scenes where Picard stumbles over Jono listening to weird teenager music, or getting upset because Jono’s touching the priceless knick-knacks he keeps lying around his quarters. Although the two don’t get on, Jono has a grudging respect for Picard, and slowly rediscovers his lost humanity through the medium of collapsing and screaming, clutching his head as he remembers the Talarian attack that killed his parents so many years ago.

Unfortunately there’s only one therapist on board and Troi’s already used her strange administrative powers to defer responsibility onto Picard. Because hey, there’s nothing else he has to be doing (apparently).

Eventually a Talarian rescue ship arrives and Picard hands over the four Talarians they rescued (oh yeah, those guys) but insists Jono stays with them. The captain, Endar, reveals that he’s Jono’s adoptive father and explains that he took the child under Talarian custom after humans killed his son. Picard is confused by this moral ambiguity, and accuses Endar of injuring the boy. Endar explains that Jono wasn’t beaten, he’s just a bit rough on the old space-football pitch. Picard accepts this, but informs Endar that Jono will be reunited with his human grandmother.

Understandably, Endar is upset and threatens war with the Federation, then gives Picard an arbitrary amount of time to decide, so that the episode can proceed unhindered by plot logic. With this window of opportunity, Picard and Jono head off to play racquetball then follow it up with a banana split in to Ten-Forward – you know, normal human activities. Jono causes much hilarity when he covers Wesley in banana dessert, and then Riker has to explain “slapstick” to Starfleet’s most advanced robo-mind. It’s good that they’ve got time to laugh in the face of war.

That night, a confused and conflicted Jono decides to stab Picard while he sleeps. Crusher saves his life and Jono is arrested. Endar chooses now to demand the return of his son, and Riker informs him that he’s now in jail. Endar responds by giving them 5 minutes to comply with his request, or a space-battle will occur!

Worried for the show’s budget, Picard speaks to Jono, who expects that he’ll be put to death. This convinces Picard his values and beliefs are so Talarian that he belongs with his loving, caring, non-abusive adoptive family. You know, like he did all along. Endar calls off the attack, Jono thanks Picard for seeing sense, and at last, everyone is happy. Except Jono’s grandmother, who’s been kind of out of the loop on this.

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TNG WTF: This episode marks the first appearance of the futuristic sport, racquetball, or as I like to think of it, tri-dimensional racquetball. It bears some resemblance to actual racquetball which seems to be quite similar to squash. It also seems to be a product of the peculiarly American trait of playing completely different sports to the rest of the world, which makes me think it’s slightly wishful thinking to imagine it being played several hundred years in the future. I have no idea whether the TNG version is anything like the real one, but then it’s likely no-one on TNG knows either.

TNG LOL: Troi’s dressing-down of Picard is pretty funny, not least because she treats him like a child and then basically says “lol get over it” before flouncing out of his office while he scowls. I laughed, anyway.

To boldly go: The episode opens with them responding to the initial distress call. No word on what mission they’re interrupting to do so, but hey, those gaseous anomalies will still be there in the morning.

Who’s that face?: Admiral Connaught Rossa was Mildred Potter in the first season of AfterMASH. As august a role as anyone could hope for.

Time until meeting: 26:14. Picard, Troi, Endar and Jono meet to discuss Jono’s fate.

Captain’s Log: You may have noticed that this episode is a bottle show. So-called because a bottle’s the only way you’re getting all the way through it. This is an episode with all the worst excesses of TNG ‘s didacticism on show. Everyone knows what’s best for the boy, and even when they change their mind they don’t seem to address the consequences of their suddenly-corrected decision. Presumably Admiral Rossa, having had a single communication with her long-lost grandson, is going to be sending Picard a very stern letter of disapproval when she figures out what he did.

I mean, I get the conflict at the heart of the episode, and understand that it’s largely hinged on the relationship between Picard and Jono, but nothing surrounding that works. At the end of the episode I don’t feel like Picard has really connected with Jono (not least because of a murder attempt that comes out of nowhere) and the progress made reconnecting Jono with his human side is completely ignored. You can’t put that genie back in the bottle, especially when he’s clearly having PTSD-style flashbacks to his supposedly-forgotten attack. The ideas are there in the script, but the details don’t sell it at all. And for that matter, neither does Jono, whose acting inexperience really can’t stand up against Patrick Stewart.

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