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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According to Wil Wheaton, there were some issues between the main cast and the director, but didn't know what they were about as he only worked for one day of the shoot. See more »


When Data, Troi, and Tasha beam to the survivors, Data is seen clearly adjusting the force setting on his phaser and putting it in its holster. When he materializes at the campsite, he is holding the phaser in his hand. Tasha also adjusted her's before transporting, but it is clearly in the holster until she removes it. See more »


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I've an away team down there, in less than friendly territory, and in addition, I have an appointment with several Romulan battlecruis...
[gasping and steadying himself, exhausted]
Doctor Beverly Crusher: You have an appointment in your cabin, Captain, with your bed!
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Is that an order, Doctor?
Doctor Beverly Crusher: Yes!
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Edited into Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shades of Gray (1989) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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First time I have been compelled to write a review of TNG episode
11 February 2016 | by (Brandywine, MD) – See all my reviews

My wife and I have been trying all the post TOS version. Unlike most people, we have found Deep Space Nine the most compelling. We find the most serious acting and writing defects in TNG. She has given up on it, but I am soldiering on. However, Angel One stands out as a nadir in television programming. I wont rehash what most people have already written about it.

One of the conceits in the general "Star Trek Universe" is that planets aren't subdivided into countries. Angel One is supposed to be the equivalent to mid-20th century earth (the 50s), however the technology seemed even equivalent to the early 21st century. Politically, there seemed to be a single world leader, Beata, and everybody had easy access to her. This reminded me of TOS, and 50s science fiction movies, where limited budgets required world leaders to consist of councils of 3 men, sitting at a folding table with a ham radio and a table cloth draped over it.

And, of course, this sophisticated world leader, ruler of millions, is dissuaded from long standing jurisprudence, codified through, I am sure, some sort of constitutional legal means, on the just punishment for treasonable acts, by a trite speech on evolution vs. revolution.

At least the cracked cadence of Kirk would have been more entertaining.

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