Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4, Episode 23

The Host (11 May 1991)

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Dr. Crusher falls for someone who's not at all what she expects him to be.



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Doctor Beverly Crusher is secretly in romantic love since weeks with Federation ambassador Odan, who is on his way to the Alpha moon which is rebelling against the planet they were colonized from and cause potentially fatal environmental damage to its Beta moon. Crusher ignores her humanoid lover's body has an alien symbiont in his entrails, but Counselor Deanna Troi empathetically senses emotional swings which set her on the trail. Then an unrequested escort vessel from the Beta moon approaches and attacks the Enterprise shuttle which Commander Will Riker was piloting to bring the ambassador to his destination. When Riker brings Odan back to the Enterprise badly wounded, Crusher's diagnose reveals the 'parasite' and she learns his true identity. Odan urgently needs another humanoid host to perform his peace mission, for which task Riker is chosen... Written by KGF Vissers

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First appearance of the conjoined symbiotic race of the Trill, and only Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) appearance. The Trill would appear regularly on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), primarily with the characters of the Dax line of lives. See more »


When a renegade ship attacks the shuttle carrying the ambassador and Commander Riker, Captain Picard inexplicably does nothing to protect the shuttle--and his first officer. The Enterprise could easily disable the attacking ship without destroying it, yet all the Enterprise does is lock a tractor beam onto the shuttle, effectively allowing the shuttle to be a sitting duck until it is within the Enterprise's shield bubble. See more »


Doctor Beverly Crusher: There is a foreign organism in his body. Medical School didn't exactly prepare me for situations like this.
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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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It's Hard to Love a Bucket of Entrails
29 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Beverly Crusher is a human being. She falls for a humanoid man and later finds out he is the host body for a creature that looks something in an Asian meat market. The ongoing theme is "What is love?" and Beverly is sort of maligned for not reacting positively to a host body that contains the being of the one whose initial host body died. She is quite conflicted. Of course, none of us are able to recount our experiences with aliens, unless you live in a New Mexico desert, but our physical being is certainly a huge factor in our attractions and rejections. Let's face it, Heidi Klum is going to be more successful in attracting men than one of ordinary physical presence. And so it goes. If the guy had been transplanted into a duck, would Beverly have been attracted to him? Riker becomes the host. How about all the implications and hesitancies that are fueled by this reality. What if Wesley Crusher had been the host. How would she have handled that. There is so much unfairness here. There is even a touch of homophobia. Interesting episode.

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