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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10 October 1987 (USA)  »

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In a 2012 interview, Brent Spiner recalled, "It was just a racist episode. Maybe not intentionally but it felt that way and looked that way. It was the third episode so it was fortuitous that we did our worst that early on and it never got quite that bad again." 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 »


[Dr. Crusher is faced with an epidemic plague on a Federation planet]
Doctor Beverly Crusher: Damn. Where are the calluses we doctors are supposed to grow over our feelings?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Perhaps the good ones never get them.
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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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Really Lacking in Imagination
26 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Once again, I feared that such a poor episode might sink the starship Enterprise. Some have called this racist but I think it's just a weak story about a male dominated world. Good heavens, about half our planet acts this way toward women. Tasha is kidnapped and put in a position where she must fight an alien woman for her life. How many times has this tired plot played out. Yar is an interesting character. She is rather masculine in appearance and has a kind of take-no-prisoners mentality. Of course, there is some complexity to this piece. There are negotiations with the indigenous beings in an attempt to solve the issue. The kicker is that these beings control a substance that is of dire importance to another interplanetary culture. The deus ex machina foolishness that eventually comes is quite unsatisfying. The culture seems set up for just such a result.

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