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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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
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.
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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more