Riker, Troi, Data and Yar beam down to a planet ruled by a matriarchal government in the hopes of locating a missing freighter crew.

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The Enterprise visit the planet Angel One in the hopes of rescuing the survivors of a Federation vessel that crashed there several years before. It's taken many years for them to receive the distress call and they're not sure what to expect. They do know that Angel One is a matriarchal society where women are the stronger and men adopt a more subservient role. They face an unusual problem when they find the survivors. As for Riker, he has to tread carefully when the planet's leader, Beata, takes an interest in him. Aboard the Enterprise Picard and Dr. Crusher have their own crisis when a severe flu epidemic strikes the crew. Written by garykmcd

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The concept of Angel One's Matriarchal leadership and dominance was originally intended to be an allegory to South Africa's system of Apartheid, a major topical issue in the late 1980s. See more »

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When Riker meets with Beata and Ariel, the shadow of a boom mic moving around can be seen on the wall behind them. See more »

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Commander William T. Riker: Martyrs cannot be silenced.
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Featured in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shades of Gray (1989) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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One of the Worst Next Generation Episodes
6 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Karen Montgomery, who died just last year (2015), was super-sexy in this episode, but as other people have noted, she didn't have the acting range to play the role of leader of a planet.

There are many interactions between her and Jonathon Frakes, who is a below average actor to be certain. It makes for the clunkiest moments in Next Generation's history.

Also, the audience anticipates this show's central message before we are even beaten over the head by it repeatedly. It's just an awkwardly bad episode.

As another person noted, Montgomery appeared in only a few TV shows during her brief career. In this episode, I wish that she had a better actor to play off so her performance wouldn't look nearly as horrible. RIP to her.


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