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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The appearance of the Trill symbiont would change its appearance from when it initially appeared on this episode to how it would appear on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). In this episode, the symbiont's appearance was made to resemble a caterpillar with the head of an octopus. According to Make-Up Supervisor Michael Westmore, the symbiont was re-made for DS9 to be more "stream-lined" to make it easier to handle. Also the appearance of the Trill hosts would change as well. In this episode, the Trill hosts had semi-ridged foreheads and no body spots , but on DS9, they have normal foreheads, and body spots. See more »

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Counselor Deanna Troi: You can't be open to love if you don't risk pain.
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Dr. Crusher considers polygamy.
20 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When Star Trek fans see this episode today, the mystery isn't so mysterious. After all, one of the cast of "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" was supposed to be of the Trill--so the notion of having a body as a host and a sentient separate being inside isn't surprising. Back when "The Host" debuted, however, this was all new and probably surprised more than a few of the fans. That's because Dr. Crusher has fallen in love with Ambassador Odan and doesn't realize that as a Trill he also has one of these beings living inside. Now this isn't a case of "Invasion of the Body Snatcher"--the relationship is voluntary and both sides benefit from this relationship. However, Dr. Crusher isn't prepared for this and only learns about this bonding when Odan is injured and his host body dies! In a pinch, to keep him alive, the thing known as 'Odan' temporarily is hosted by Riker--an awkward situation for the Doctor, to say the least! How does all this play out---well, see the show to find out for yourself.

This was a great introduction to the Trill and made for a very interesting episode. It also offers some interesting bisexual subtext--something which might surprise some viewers. Well done overall.


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