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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Episode complete credited cast:
Lt. Worf (credit only)
Jessie Lawrence Ferguson ...
Hagon (as James Louis Watkins)


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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Director Russ Mayberry was fired by producer Gene Roddenberry before filming was completed. Assistant Director Les Landau finished directing the episode, uncredited. See more »


During Troi's conversation with Picard and Yar, where she recommends that Yar accept Yareena's challenge, her arms change between hanging beside her body and crossed behind her back. 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 »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
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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