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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[last lines]
Doctor Beverly Crusher: Odan... I do love you. Please remember that.
[Kareel Odan kisses Beverly's wrist]
Kareel Odan: I will never forget you.
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ST:TNG:97 - "The Host" (Stardate: 44821.3) - this is the 23rd episode of the 4th season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

This episode introduces the Trill species that we will come to know in Deep Space Nine, with a symbiont in a host humanoid body (though without the tattoos on each side of the body like Lt. Cmdr. Dax). It is with this body that Dr. Crusher falls in love with, in the form of Ambassador Odan, and only when he is injured does she discover the true Odan (the SYMBIONT)! When the host dies though, and the symbiont goes into Riker's body, Crusher faces a dilemma - who is it she truly loves? This will become even more apparent when Odan enters his new Trill host. An intriguing episode indeed.

Trivia note: Nurse Ogawa makes another appearance. And, we see the ship's hair and manicure salon!


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