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


When Yar is kidnapped the crew wonders what to do, and Picard dramatically orders a barrage of torpedoes as a show of force. But Yar's location could have been determined via her communication pin, and she could simply have been beamed back. However, without compromising the Prime Directive (which is what the whole story is all about) and risking a war with the Ligonians, that would probably not have been a viable option. See more »


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Understanding has made friends of many different people. We've had a good beginning, Lutan.
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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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