Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1, Episode 3

Code of Honor (10 Oct. 1987)

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When the leader of an alien culture takes a romantic interest in Lt. Yar, he claims her for his own, to the dismay of his own wife, who, in turn, challenges Tasha in a fight to the death.


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The Enterprise travels to the planet Ligon II to collect a vaccine that will prevent a particularly virulent disease on Federation planet Cyrus IV. The planet's leader, Lutan, is more than pleased to provide them with the cure but while on board takes a particular interest in the ship's security officer, Lt. Tasha Yar. He is attracted to her physically and is intrigued at her obvious skills and intelligence. He kidnaps her to show that he is a brave man but when the time comes for her return, he refuses to do so wanting to make her his first wife. His current first wife challenges Tasha to a fight to the death to retain her position. Meanwhile, Data continues to try and understand humor but the nuances continue to escape him. Written by garykmcd

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According to Wil Wheaton, the cast was very unhappy doing this episode because they hated the script. Wheaton also claims that he heard that director Russ Mayberry acted in a racist manner toward the African-American actors. See more »


In Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint, Picard states that the panel to the right side of his chair is for log entries and intercoms. But when Lutan calls the Enterprise, Picard reaches to the left side of his chair to operate the intercom. See more »


Lutan: I find it odd, Captain, that a man of your experience has such difficulty in understanding ordinary politeness.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Such as the politeness of saying 'please' before abducting someone?
Lutan: The expression 'please' is used only when requesting the person back.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Yours is a different world.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cost of Living (1992) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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An Odd One
16 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Tasha Yar is kidnapped by a race who resemble tribal Africans. The leader of this race wants her as his wife and subsequently she is forced to fight it out with his old wife. Quite a bizarre episode,which has far more in common with the original series than Next Gen, a move probably entirely deliberate given that this only the third episode. I have to say as a Star Trek fan, I can put up with a lot of shoddy acting, but something about Tasha Yar always made me grind my teeth. Perhaps it was the haircut, or the tone of voice but I never liked her much and this is a perfect example of why. To be honest I was pleased when she left the series and actually enjoyed her performances in her subsequent and inevitable comebacks. Not essential.

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