The Enterprise obliges the androgynous Genai race's request to investigate a mysterious shuttle disappearance. When a probe follows an inexplicable neutrino emission, it too suddenly vanishes without a trace, possibly the first-ever documented 'null-space', which absorbs all electro-magnetic forces around it. Riker will attempt to chart it in a shuttle with the Gennai Soren. While contemplating the differences between social and biological life with or without gender-distinctions they become close. Entering the null-space, they find the shuttle and beam back with its crew of two to the Genai's green planet, where they fall in love. Soren is arrested for loving sexually and sentenced to psycho-technic perversion therapy... Written by
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One of the few Trek episodes that touches upon the subject of homosexuality, but only in a very oblique manner. Producer Rick Berman
commented: "We thought we had made a very positive statement about sexual prejudice in a distinctive Star Trek way, but we still got letters from those who thought it was just our way of 'washing our hands' of the homosexual situation." The Star Trek producers are often accused of having cold feet when it comes to addressing homosexuality, and Berman has been accused (by lead actors of various Trek series) of routinely vetoing scripts which deal openly with the subject. See more
Some viewers have noted that Soren tells Commander Riker that there are no 'hes' and 'shes' in Soren's species, but when she later speaks of her former classmate, she too uses the terms 'he' and 'him'. However, as Riker has said he feels uncomfortable using the pronoun "it" it's likely that Soren is simply adjusting her language to accommodate Riker. Also the classmate felt being male so using "he" would be logical choice. See more
[Troi is looking at some old photos and other things of one of her father's ancestors
Counselor Deanna Troi
I look at these faces and... I wonder who they are and if they could be related to me.
Commander William T. Riker
[holds up a teddy bear
This one looks like you.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more