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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The sludge Riker was pulled into was made of Metamucil and printer ink. See more
Geordi's phaser falls off into the oil slick-like creature (Armus) when he runs up to try and rescue Riker. However, it doesn't fall entirely into it but lands on the edge of the pool. Therefore, Geordi would have been able to pick it up again and clean it, which is why he later can be seen with his phaser back in its holster. See more
What is it, Number One? What are you seeing?
Commander William T. Riker
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more