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: Is that the colognite astringent you have on your eyes?
Doctor Beverly Crusher: Yes. I guess so.
Counselor Deanna Troi: I've never tried it.
Doctor Beverly Crusher: Someone... just put it on... me.
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12 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The idea in this episode is an intriguing one, and it raises some good questions about the nature of love. But to explore these questions, you're going to have to watch an hour-long cheese-fest between Crusher and the Trill-controlled Riker, both of whom are bewildered and angst-ridden in the throes of interspecies love. Consider yourself warned.

On the upside, we get to see a funny exchange between Crusher and Troi (and in the ship's salon, to boot). Personally, I experience great relief when I watch a worthwhile scene with Troi. My blood pressure normally spikes whenever she comes on screen, but it returns to an almost safe level when she proves not to be The Most Useless Individual Ever. Predictably, she returns to her normal annoying self post-haste. It doesn't take long for her to start badgering the doctor about her feelings. Crusher, weakened in her distraught emotional state, encourages this behavior. We must forgive her lapse.

The real highlight of this episode is at the end when Crusher sees who her lover's new host is. Apparently, she doesn't swing that way....

So, was this episode really just an inquiry on the nature of love? Or was it actually a covert attempt to romantically involve Riker with every female character in the entire series, no matter what the cost? The choice is yours!


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