Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3, Episode 14

A Matter of Perspective (10 Feb. 1990)

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The widow of respected scientist Dr. Nel Apgar accuses Riker of seducing her and killing her husband. Rather than turn Riker over for unfavorable trial, the Enterprise reconstructs the facts.



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Episode cast overview:
Inspector Krag
Manua Apgar
Dr. Nel Apgar
Tayna (as Juli Donald)


Approaching the space station on planet Tanaga 4, the Enterprise gets a message from local Dr. Nel Apgar, but before she can speak it explodes. The ship is visited by the planet's chief investigator, who wants to arrest Commander William T. Riker for murder after he was overheard threatening Apgar, the accuser being his present widow, Manua Apgar. The captain refuses to extradite Riker to a legal system which operates on the presumption of guilt until proven innocent, so he allows only an investigation on board, for which Data provides ample technological assistance, reproducing the station on the holodeck. Riker had a secret mission there concerning the development of a low energy converter, and was seduced by his host's wife Manua Apgar, with whom the scientist 'cought' him. According to data from the planet, the fatal energy burst, of an unidentified nature, started from the spot Riker stood just at the time of his transporting to the Enterprise. After energy strikes on board, the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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The Tanuga IV Science Station model was also used for Space Station Regula 1 in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), and (turned upside down) also for the Orbital Office in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). See more »


Krag points to the sensor logs that show an energy discharge from Riker's position to the science station's generator. Krag claims that Riker fired a phaser just as he beamed out. No one disputes this. But in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Most Toys O'Brien can tell that a phaser has been fired just before transport. Surely he could read Riker's weapon as well, and that would be evidence as to whether Riker fired at all. See more »


Manua Apgar: I must apologize for my husband's lack of social graces. He may be one of the great scientific minds in the galaxy, but... he does come up a bit short in other areas.
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References Rashomon (1950) See more »


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Very interesting Episode with the great Mark Margolis as Crook
20 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mark Margolis continues his Parade of Criminal Portrayals in this very well written and produced Ep of Star Trek: The Next Generation. With Gina Hecht (Manua) and Craig (Kragg) Nelson.

This Ep deals with the way each of us perceives "Truth" - And the very disparate ways we all see the same events.

If two people see an event occur, and questioned about it separately, we would see that the result would be just the same as has happened in this Ep. Each person would insist that the events transpired in the way they perceived it. It takes a rare person, perhaps an Empath like Troi, to be able to put themselves truly in another person's place. Sometimes this happens in real life, but here, we are shown a set of events that change drastically depending on who is telling the tale.

After seeing this, I began to sincerely doubt if anyone can really convey a set of circumstances to another person without tainting it toward their benefit.

This episode begins with the Teaser of Picard and two others painting a nude woman, to a Ron Jones score that is haunting and Beautiful, music which is played out in Variations throughout the Ep, depending on who is narrating the events which occurred on the Space Station. The Teaser has Data explaining the differences in the way Picard and the two other artists perceived and painted the Nude woman.

And so Riker paints his picture of events, as does Manua and Tanya (Juliana Donald) - And the Musical Theme changes according to each of these narrations.

The Holodeck is used as a Gimmick, not only does the Holodeck serve to bring the Depositions to "life" - It also serves another, physical purpose, which as a Spoiler I will let you the reader of my humble review mull over.

On the subject of Plot holes, I'll simply say, and if Riker had fired a phaser during Transport, the Transporter WOULD have given Colm Meany-O'Brien an opportunity to shut it off. Also, O'Brien could have been used as a Witness, to show that indeed, Riker was NOT holding a Phaser as he materialized on the Transporter Pad. As we all saw, Riker was not holding a Phaser at all. The Pacing of the scenes regarding the explosion and Riker's successful beam-out, was handled in such a way as we never gave it a second thought, it was a superb piece of (mis)direction on the part of Cliff Bole.

This was a 3rd Season Ep, planted firmly in the center of TNG's best Season and right in the middle of the series run - An Episode Co-Produced by the team of Hans Beimler and Richard Manning - Who always worked together in the early 90's and were responsible for some great Saturday AM Cartoons as well and ST:TNG - Everything they co-produced glowed with their magic touch - and this Ep is one of the best Eps produced during that season of Trek.

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