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The Perfect Mate 

On a diplomatic mission to bring Ambassador Briam and his Kryotion planet's gift to a reconciliation ceremony with its rival, even warring planet, ruled by rivaling brothers' dynasties, the... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Lt. Worf
Counselor Deanna Troi (credit only)
Lt. Commander Data
Par Lenor (as Max Grodenchick)
Chancellor Alrik
Michael Snyder ...
David Paul Needles ...
Miner #2
Charles Gunning ...
Miner #3


On a diplomatic mission to bring Ambassador Briam and his Kryotion planet's gift to a reconciliation ceremony with its rival, even warring planet, ruled by rivaling brothers' dynasties, the Enterprise beams suspiciously cheerful Ferengi traders Par Lenor and Qol aboard just before a containment field collapse makes their ship explode. One of them brings the gift 'accidentally' out of cryostasis, to the crew's horror a live 'gift', 'metamore' (empath) Kamala, whose destiny is to vow her entire existence to a mate's happiness, but alas bestows her enchanting love not on the other ruler but on crewmen, first startled Riker, then Picard who earlier feared Kamala may be held in 'slavery' as Crusher feels, she denies that but claims she must start bonding, within hours, now with Picard as 'substitute', to be ready by the arrival of arranged mate Chancellor Alrik, who proves far more interested in prosaic concerns such as trade concessions, his civilization being coldly cerebral... Written by KGF Vissers

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25 April 1992 (USA)  »

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Ironically, Famke Janssen's character's name, Kamala, is Finnish for "dismal", "dreadful", "ghastly", "horrible" and "ugly", when it's the whole point of her character that she is the absolute opposite of these things. See more »


When Picard meet the ambassador from Valt the star field in the window slowly moves in shots focusing on him but does not in shots focusing on the ambassador. See more »


Commander William T. Riker: This has been very educational. But I make it a policy never to open another man's gift.
Kamala: I know my role in history, Commander. But it's gonna be a long voyage.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Past Prologue (1993) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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10 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

I think this was Fammke Jansen's first noticeable role.

The Character "Kamala" is very similar to that X-Men character she took on in 2000, and Patrick Stewart was there in that as well.

Both characters got into the heads of characters played by Patrick, but she did it here first. But Kamala was most unusual, able to get a rise even out of Worf who is usually immune to women. She was probably frustrated by Data, but so is everyone else so that's nothing new. Thanks to Data, who tries to protect her from the attentions of Three Miners who try to turn her into a Party Girl. One Growl from Worf and they run. Too Bad. But it was interesting to see the depiction of a woman whose personality changes according to the men she is around, we just WISH there were a real woman that was like this. But I'll bet there are women who would not mind a man who could do it too. But the concept is a form of cheating, negating the work it takes to achieve a real relationship. Oh, we'd LIKE it to be as easy as she makes it seem. But it is not.

Unforeseen Circumstances put her side by side with Picard, who is also usually immune to women. But as boring as he tries to be, he fails. Too late! It could have only been Picard. If it had been anyone else, Riker, she would have called the whole ceremony off and continued the war that was started by a woman like her in the first place. Or Kirk! What if it had been Kirk, the Dolman of Elaas was nothing compared to Kamala! We see Max Grodénchik as yet another Ferengi, but not "Rom" yet. And of course, the Ferengi's nosy snooping cause a lot of problems for Picard: as usual.

The resolution of this tale is the only way it could have happened, but the only other one who knows it is Ambassador Briam (Tim O'Connor), who was chosen for one reason: He was 200 years old! Kamala's Makeup became the Trill Facelift makeup in Deep Space 9. But only because the original Trill makeup did not look so hot on Terry Farrell, but Terry could have been yet another Female Metamorph.

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