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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" Skin of Evil (TV Episode 1988) Poster

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The death of Tasha Yar marked the first (but not the last) time a continuing Trek character was killed off without being resurrected in the same installment or the immediate next installment.
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Denise Crosby has said that if she had more scenes like the one between Yar and Worf at the beginning of this episode, she would have more likely stayed with the series.
The sludge Riker was pulled into was made of Metamucil and printer ink.
Picard quotes the dark spirit Demogorgon in Percy Bysshe Shelley's "Prometheus Unbound" when he says, "All spirits are enslaved which serve things evil."
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Armus was in all likelihood named after TNG writer Burton Armus.
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This takes place in 2364.
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The alien Armus has apparently read L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz, a nearly five hundred year old book, as he calls Data Tin Man.
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In the original production order, Skin of Evil preceded Symbiosis. The order was changed because Denise Crosby had asked Gene Roddenberry if she could remain on the show for Star Trek: The Next Generation: Symbiosis (1988). She had gotten a hold of the script, and thought it was interesting, so she asked if her character's death could be delayed for one more episode. Roddenberry granted her request, and had the airing orders for the two episodes switched, so there would be no continuity issues. This explains why she's waving goodbye at the end of Symbiosis, her last filmed episode.
This is Denise Crosby's final episode as a regular performer. She would play Tasha Yar twice more as a guest actress, as well as Tasha's own daughter, Sela, in two more episodes.
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The tears shed by Marina Sirtis during Yar's memorial service were real. She and Denise Crosby had become particularly close during the series and Sirtis was sad to see her leave.
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There was some debate among the writers over the final fate of Armus. Gene Roddenberry ultimately mandated that Armus not be killed, believing that as human beings, no final moral judgment be made on any creature that was encountered.
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