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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Episode cast overview:
Mart McChesney ...
Ron Gans ...
Armus (voice)
Walker Boone ...
Leland T. Lynch
Brad Zerbst ...
Ben Prieto


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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This takes place in 2364. 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 »


Capt. Picard: A great poet once said: "All spirits are enslaved that serve things evil."
Voice of Armus: You do not understand. I do not serve things evil; I *am* evil.
Capt. Picard: Oh, no. You're not.
Voice of Armus: I am a skin of evil, left here by a race of Titans, who believed if they rid themselves of me, they would free the bonds of destructiveness.
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Edited into Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shades of Gray (1989) See more »


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The Death of Tasha
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An entity that looks like an oil slick intercedes in the rescue of Deanna and an ensign on a shuttlecraft. This creature who occasionally takes on a kind of human form, is pure evil, using its power to prevent the crew from rescuing the two on the marooned craft. As Tasha tries to pass by, the thing hits her so hard that she flies through the air, landing several feet away. When Crusher checks, she realizes that Tasha is dead. This puts a pall on the crew. They are faced with an entity that doesn't care about anyone. It gains pleasure from inflicting pain and holding people for a kind of ransom, toying with them. It even submerges Will Riker in the oily goo. The crew must figure out what to do to break through such a formidable force. Deanna remains trapped in the shuttle with the man and she is visited by this thing. It turns out that this creature was abandoned on this planet and is full of feeling of anger and vengeance. I'm not sure why the plug was pulled on Tasha but she left a gap in the crew. Worf now takes on new duties.

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