Season 4 Episode 23
Original airdate: May 11, 1991
Dr. Crusher falls for a visiting ambassador, only to discover that he’s not quite what she thought.
My Brief Review
Spoiler: He’s a parasite living inside a symbiont host. The host body dies, he gets transplanted into Riker’s body so he can continue mediating a dispute between two moons, everything works out in the end, and his permanent replacement host is… a woman! Gasp!
Beverly is totally fine falling in love with an alien with forehead ridges… as long as it’s a straight relationship. eyeroll Sometimes Star Trek’s efforts to be socially progressive are a bit ham-fisted, and often they don’t age well, much like their tech. In some ways, we’ve come farther both socially and technologically in 30 years than the writers anticipated in 300.
And in other ways… not so much.
P.S. Yes I skipped another Lwaxana Troi episode. Ugh.
That rose Odan gives Beverly is pretty sad, I have to say. At least they show it later in full bloom, and that’s what makes Beverly decide she can… uh… handle a night of passion with Riker.
But I think the most memorable moment for me is when we first see the planetary system where this negotiation is taking place. It’s a planet with two large moons, and all three are class M. The humanoids originated on the central planet but colonized the two moons centuries earlier. It’s a very interesting concept I would like to see more done with, as opposed to the main focus of the episode. Once again.
Nurse Ogawa makes another appearance in this episode. I think she’s the only non-regular we even see in this episode.
Distance Rating: 2.23 miles
IMDb score: 6.5/10