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

The Outcast (14 Mar. 1992)

TV Episode  -   -  Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 709 users  
Reviews: 7 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

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 6602 titles
created 01 Jan 2012
 
a list of 7207 titles
created 18 Apr 2012
 
a list of 59 titles
created 14 Nov 2012
 
a list of 176 titles
created 29 Mar 2013
 
a list of 26 titles
created 16 Oct 2013
 

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

This takes place in 2368. 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

Soren: The idea of gender - it is offensive to my people. You see, long ago, we had two sexes, as you do. But we evolved into a higher form. I don't mean to sound insulting; but on my planet, we have been taught that gender is... primitive.
Commander William T. Riker: "Primitive"?
Soren: Less evolved.
Commander William T. Riker: Maybe so. But sometimes, there's a lot to be said for an experience that's "primitive".
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

 
At times, EXTREMELY preachy but also ahead of its time.
24 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode probably wasn't received well by many when it was first aired in 1992, as it addresses homosexuality and inter-sex beings-- topics that were rarely talked about on American TV in the early 90s. Because of this, it was rather groundbreaking. The only serious problem with the show is that at times, especially near the end.

Riker, the intergalactic playboy, is working with a person from Genai. Soren is from a planet where everyone is androgynous--and she is quite curious about human sexuality. She and Riker talk about this quite a bit during their mission together and you eventually learn that Soren is unusual for one of the Genai, she has sexual urges towards males. However, she MUST keep it a secret, as on her planet inter-sex is the only option. And, she is attracted to Riker...and vice-versa. What's going to happen if anyone on Genai learns about Soren's 'perversion'?

The show had a lot of good points and the relationship between Riker and Soren was very interesting. My only complaint is that the show was incredibly unsubtle and preachy near the end--with Riker speechifying instead of uttering dialog. Still, it's well worth seeing.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Favorite Holodeck episode? antonsupreme
Favorite Picard moment riverkwai-1
just wondering why is ST-TNG shown on BBC Ameica kvanstyn
The French all have English accents BrickNash
Older cast in All Good Things.... riverkwai-1
Blu Ray sales? IanDSmith
Discuss The Outcast (1992) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?