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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This episode is similar to Star Trek: Amok Time (1967) and Star Trek: Enterprise: United (2005), as, in each episode, a member of the series' main cast (and the Enterprise's senior staff) is forced into fighting in ceremonial combat. Both this episode and Star Trek: Amok Time (1967) before it (in which Spock is forced to fight Captain Kirk) feature two characters (Lieutenant Yar and Spock) who both later died but returned in some form in their respective series (Tasha Yar dies in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Skin of Evil (1988) but returns in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Yesterday's Enterprise (1990) and Star Trek: The Next Generation: All Good Things... (1994); Spock dies in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) before being resurrected in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)). See more »


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[Lutan has abducted Lieutenant Yar and taken her down to Ligon]
Lt. Commander Data: What Lutan did is similar to what certain American Indians once did called 'counting coup'. That is from an obscure language known as French. Counting coup...
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Mr. Data. The French language, for centuries on Earth, represented civilization.
Lt. Commander Data: Indeed? But surely, sir...
Commander William T. Riker: [sotto voce] I suggest you drop it, Mr. Data.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cost of Living (1992) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
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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