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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Inspector Krag
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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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10 February 1990 (USA)  »

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This takes place in 2366. See more »


On the bridge, when Wesley, Data and Geordi explain the source of the radiation to Picard, Wesley's hair style significantly changes from the wide shot to the close up. See more »


Commander William T. Riker: [Manua's version of Riker, as he tries to force himself on her] A princess in a very high tower.
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References Rashômon (1950) See more »


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Number One, on the mercy of the court
27 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well, they can't all be winners. 'A Matter of Perspective' restages TNG as a mock trial with Commander Riker on the hook for attempted murder. What follows is a series of exhibits, cross-examinations and analysis, and that's about as dull as it sounds. There's an almost lighthearted tone in the episode's opening, having Riker loitering on the bridge (totally in the dog house) while everyone else gets down to business; and I do like the scientific use of the holodeck aside from its usual role in endangering the ship.

The episode's title is pretty succinct: it's all about changes in perspective. But it's not one of the more engaging episodes.

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