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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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This is Wil Wheaton's final appearance for the season. 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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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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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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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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