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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23 January 1988 (USA)  »

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Among the items from this episode which were sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay, was an Angel I costume lot including the costume of Jacqueline Drake, the costumes of Jonathan Frakes, Karen Montgomery, Leonard Crofoot, Wil Wheaton, Chris Hall, and three background performer costumes. See more »


Data says the inhabitants of Angel One are similar in development to mid-20th-century Earth. But we see they also have a disintegrator beam, indicating a technology far in advance of the 20th century. Note that he said "similar," not "exactly the same as." See more »


Lieutenant Worf: Engineering reports computer ma... a... ATCHOO! I'm sorry - I'm getting sick.
Lieutenant Geordi La Forge: I'm sure half the ship knows that by now.
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Edited into Star Trek: The Next Generation: Samaritan Snare (1989) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Wow...such hate for this one...
10 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I did a bit of research on the internet about bad episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and found that just about every list included "Angel I". The reviews for it on IMDb are NOT very positive either. Apparently, it was truly cringe-worthy and Gates McFadden (the doctor) was truly offended by the sexist nature of the show and her fighting with the production staff got her suspended. What do I think? First, a little about the plot:

Years ago, a freighter had an accident in space. No known survivors exist but an escape pod might have made it to a nearby planet, Angel I. Although it would have taken months to arrive, it could have and so the Enterprise is on hand to look for the men (though why so late, I have no idea). However, they are surprised that the matriarchal leaders of the society are less than cordial. It seems that the survivors DID arrive and they were a complete disruption to the old ways. The survivors balked at the sexist way the women treated the men...and wanted equality. So, the away team is told to find these renegade men and get rid of them immediately...or else! Plus, when they find the men, they find that these the men and their wives would rather die than leave!

So did I find it that bad? Well, you do get to see Riker in drag--and that could be a plus or a minus depending on your desire to see him in a negligee-type thingie. And, the show has some things to say about gender equality---but in a ham-fisted manner (plus, the highest ranking folks on the ship are all men). In balance, it is weak but I don't understand all the hate--the series made LOTS of bad episodes (most of which centered around the holodreck...I mean holodeck). I wouldn't put it among the very worst...just one that is well below average and a tad cringe-inducing at times. And the biggest reason isn't the sexism but the ending--where everything is inexplicably wrapped up in a way that makes you think 'Hy...this makes no sense. Why did they do THAT?!'.

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