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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The ivory-like sticks the Ligonians use to show approval or to applaud are later seen again in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Frame of Mind (1993), where an illusionary Tilonian inmate plays with them. See more »


At the beginning of the fight, it is stated that both combatants will continue until there is a victory and that no one may interrupt. When one of them loses her glove, however, the fight is stopped until the weapon can be returned. See more »


Yareena: Natasha Yar, I challenge you. A struggle to the death!
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: No! The challenge is unequivocally refused.
Lutan: Then you shall have no treaty, no vaccine and no Lieutenant Yar!
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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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Not as bad as the current ratings, though I am sure a few folks might be offended by this one.
9 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The Enterprise finds itself at Ligon II--a planet with an honor-based culture and a look that is very similar to tribal Africans. Picard is actually amazingly inept dealing with these folks, and when the Lionese kidnap Lt. Yar, he thinks like a human--not like these people. Eventually, when he begins to think more like them, relations go much better--which is important since these people have a cure for a space plague and the Federation needs it.

This isn't as bad an episode as the dismal current score of 5.2 would imply. It's actually pretty good. However, I do think that some people might be a bit offended by this one, as the tribal folks are all black people and the tone seems a tad patronizing.

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