Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1, Episode 22

Skin of Evil (23 Apr. 1988)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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 KGF Vissers

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The sludge Riker was pulled into was made of Metamucil and printer ink. See more »

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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 »

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Capt. Picard: What is it, Number One? What are you seeing?
Commander William T. Riker: Trouble.
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Un-complicated Review - A great episode
30 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Previous reviews seem to be from fanatics who are original series purists and are not objective at all. This episode is perhaps one of the great episodes of the TNG series. Never mind all of the mumbo jumbo about the writers' and producers' intent, the STORY is an excellent portrayal of good versus evil. Never in the Star Trek universe have our heroes encountered a creature as purely evil as Armus. As a matter of fact, the primitive set and props has exactly the feel of the original Star Trek and the situation is one that explores the very depths of the human psyche the way that Roddenberry's original Star Trek explored many issues in human life. An excellent episode if you see it for what it is - an EPISODE! and not try to judge it for how it "fits" into the Star Trek universe.


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