The shuttle bringing Troi back to the Enterprise from an individual mission crashes on a near-unknown planet. It was presumed uninhabited, but shows atypical, live-like activity. Riker leads an away-team, including Data, which discovers the shuttle is controlled and access barred by a shape-shifting, oily slick of hostile, almost sadistic nature, with immense powers. Attempts to pass it cause Riker to be temporarily swallowed, Yar to be killed. Picard beams down to take command while Deana works out it's acting out of deep frustration, which they must tap into. Written by
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has said that if she had more scenes like the one between Yar and Worf at the beginning of this episode, she would have more likely stayed with the series. See more
(at around 29 mins) When Picard crouches down while talking to Armus, the top of Armus' "head" can be seen rising out of the pool, in the lower right corner of the shot facing Picard. Then, in the immediate next shot facing the pool, Armus breaks the surface and rises again. See more
Voice of Armus
Tell me, tin man, how does it feel to face your own extinction?
Lt. Cmdr. Data
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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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