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Skin of Evil 

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, life-like activity. Riker ... See full summary »

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Lieutenant Geordi La Forge
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Wesley Crusher
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Armus
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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, life-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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In his online review of Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hide and Q (1987), Wil Wheaton commented on how in the first season that Michael Dorn as Worf, didn't do much more than Denise Crosby did and that Worf was, according to Wheaton, "one dimensional and so incredibly stupid," but eventually Dorn was able to develop Worf into a much more complex and beloved character, whereas Crosby, out of frustration, just quit the show. See more »

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(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 »

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Lt. Tasha Yar: My friend Data. You see things with the wonder of a child. And that makes you more human than any of us.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Legacy (1990) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Un-complicated Review - A great episode
30 July 2010 | by 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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