Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 5, Episode 17

The Outcast (14 Mar. 1992)

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While aiding an androgynous race who lost a couple of members in an unmapped region of space, Riker falls for one of them, which can lead to trouble if detected, since the alien race does not endorse gender specificity.

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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 KGF Vissers

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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 vetoed several scripts which deal openly with the subject. See more »

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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 »

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Soren: Tell me about males. What is it makes you different from females?
[Riker ponders on this]
Commander William T. Riker: Snips and snails and puppy dog tails...
Soren: You have a dog's tail?
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Possibly one of the worst episodes. For one, I don't understand why Riker always kisses every thing that moves. I guess he is somehow related to Kirk.

I don't understand how Riker fell in love so quickly with the he/she/it or hesheit (I made that up) - enough to jeopardize the prime directive and his career. Moreover, Picard is not even a 'little' phased that his first officer who is all of a sudden thinking of breaking the highest, most important rule of Star Fleet?

And why the hell did Worf join in? That part makes no sense at all (actually, the whole episode makes no sense). Riker's loss of character was not warranted or built-up in any way. Picard's lack of interest in his first officer's sudden loss of control and disregard for rules was also out of character for the captain and destroyed what little the episode had going.

Oh and Geordi has a beard.


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