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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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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This is the third episode in a row where Commander Riker is immobilized by an alien being. The others are Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Arsenal of Freedom (1988) and Star Trek: The Next Generation: Symbiosis (1988) See more »

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When Armus re-emerges from his pool for the first time, the slime can be seen bubbling right at the area where the mouth would be. (This is because the actor in the costume had to spit out the goo in order to breathe after coming to the surface.) See more »

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Voice of Armus: Do you want to know why I killed her?
Counselor Deanna Troi: Your answer would be meaningless. That act had no reason.
Voice of Armus: Exactly! It had no meaning. I did it because I wanted to. It amused me.
Counselor Deanna Troi: No. You thought it would amuse you; but it didn't.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Mediocre episode, but it did us all a huge favor
19 December 2016 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This episode was troubled from the get-go and many re-writes were made before the final one, which allowed Denise Crosby to make her early exit from the series. In doing so, she did the series and its fans a huge favor by removing her one-dimensional character and one-dimensional acting from the series. This allowed Michael Dorn's character of Worf to assume her role and greatly expand it and the series's potential.

Other than giving us a baddie to boo/hiss, this episode had no definitive plot and existed for no reason other than to show Tasha Yar the door, for which I and many others were grateful.


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