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Romeo and Juliet was a tragedy written by Human poet William Shakespeare in the late 16th century.

In 2154, Commander Tucker referenced the play when speaking to T'Pol about their personal relationship: "It's not like we would have made an ideal couple. A Vulcan and a Human? Romeo and Juliet probably stood a better chance." (ENT: "The Augments")

In 2268 Captain James T. Kirk quoted the lines from Romeo and Juliet to the Kelvan Kelinda: "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.", lamenting on the similarity between the carbon-based flowers and the growing colorful crystals of the Kelvans' home planet. (TOS: "By Any Other Name")

The title of the episode also comes from the same line of the play.

In 2293, General Chang quoted the play's line "parting is such sweet sorrow" when departing after dinner aboard the USS Enterprise-A. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

In 2368, Counselor Deanna Troi used an image from Romeo and Juliet to help her crewmembers understand the particularities of the Tamarian language. For someone not versed in Shakespeare's play, the sentence "Juliet. On her balcony." would not be understood as an image of romance, just as "Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra" was indecipherable for someone not fully mastering the Tamarian language. (TNG: "Darmok")

In 2375, The Doctor referenced the play in encouraging Seven of Nine after her disastrous date with William Chapman saying "Even Romeo and Juliet hit a few snags at first." (VOY: "Someone to Watch Over Me")

The song If I Only Had a Heart from the film The Wizard of Oz, whistled by Ira Graves in 2365, contains a reference to the play: Picture me... a balcony... Above a voice sings low-- Wherefore art thou, Romeo? (TNG: "The Schizoid Man")

Background Information

The episode TNG: "The Outrageous Okona" contained many plot elements of Romeo and Juliet.

The script of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Looking for par'Mach in All the Wrong Places" described Worf and Jadzia's conversations in Klingonese as being "Romeo and Juliet (Klingon style)".

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