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

The Outcast (14 Mar. 1992)

TV Episode  |   |  Action, Adventure, Mystery
6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 837 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 5 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(created by),
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

10 Best Back-to-School TV Shows

Dust off your varsity jacket and get excited for fall with our list of the 10 best back-to-school TV shows.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 26 titles
created 11 Aug 2012
 
a list of 164 titles
created 30 Nov 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 16 Oct 2013
 
a list of 679 titles
created 17 Oct 2013
 
a list of 697 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Outcast" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Outcast (14 Mar 1992)

The Outcast (14 Mar 1992) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
« Previous Episode | 116 of 176 Episodes | Next Episode »

Videos

1 video »
Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Melinda Culea ...
Callan White ...
Krite
...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Language:

Release Date:

14 March 1992 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Rick Berman tried not to let perceptions of what the public would find acceptable "influence us too much" in the choice of Riker's opposite, adding "Having Riker engage in passionate kisses with a male actor might have been too unpalatable for viewers." Jonathan Frakes (Riker) didn't agree. He criticized the decision to cast women in the roles of the J'Naii, because he felt a love affair shared between two men would have made the statement of the episode much stronger. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Commander William T. Riker: [about split pea soup] It's very healthy. Helps to keep you warm on cold Alaskan nights.
Soren: We prefer to stay warm by sleeping with a friend.
Commander William T. Riker: I see...
Soren: Not to mate. Just to sleep together - for warmth.
Commander William T. Riker: It still sounds better than pea soup.
See more »

Soundtracks

Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Poorly Crafted Episode/Riker Can't Keep His Pants On
3 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This works initially because the androgynous race is really interesting. I do take issue with the fact that this race is so clueless about conventional male/female roles. Most of the galaxy is probably made up of flora and fauna that function this way. Obviously, there is a mystery as to how this all works and the young Jenaii (Coren) is curious. This person eventually admits that the female side has established dominance. Riker begins to find "her" fascinating. It is explained to him how dangerous it is to admit that you gravitate one way or the other. Of course, Riker falls in love, letting his lust overcome his reason, endangering the person he now loves. Many Star Trek TNG episodes find Riker stomping around like a little boy, not getting his way. He has pushed the envelope on more than one occasion, ignoring PIcard's advice about the prime directive. There is a trial where Coren makes an impassioned speech about individual rights. She finishes and instead of making an impression, she is carted away to be "fixed." Riker tries to take the blame in one of his silly pathetic speeches, but he is ignored. The point is that he never used reasoning to look at the big picture of this world. He is responsible for taking away any chance that things could eventually change. So much erratic, improper behavior really diminishes this episode.


2 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why in the world would they reinstate Picard post Locutus?! bilyidol
Shannen Doherty as Ensign Ro? purplezebra
What was Q talking about? dgreatunknown
Lt. Tom Riker HankW180
Where in the world???.... ryhoyarbie
Gambit two parter ryhoyarbie
Discuss The Outcast (1992) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?