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A Matter of Perspective 

The widow of respected scientist Dr. Nel Apgar accuses Riker of seducing her and killing her husband. Rather than turn Riker over for unfavorable trial, the Enterprise reconstructs the facts.


Cliff Bole


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Ed Zuckerman




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Craig Richard Nelson ... Inspector Krag
Gina Hecht ... Manua Apgar
Mark Margolis ... Dr. Nel Apgar
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Juliana Donald ... Tayna (as Juli Donald)


Approaching the space station on planet Tanaga 4, the Enterprise gets a message from local Dr. Nel Apgar, but before she can speak it explodes. The ship is visited by the planet's chief investigator, who wants to arrest Commander William T. Riker for murder after he was overheard threatening Apgar, the accuser being his present widow, Manua Apgar. The captain refuses to extradite Riker to a legal system which operates on the presumption of guilt until proven innocent, so he allows only an investigation on board, for which Data provides ample technological assistance, reproducing the station on the holodeck. Riker had a secret mission there concerning the development of a low energy converter, and was seduced by his host's wife Manua Apgar, with whom the scientist 'cought' him. According to data from the planet, the fatal energy burst, of an unidentified nature, started from the spot Riker stood just at the time of his transporting to the Enterprise. After energy strikes on board, the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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This plot is similar to Star Trek: The Original Series: Wolf in the Fold (1967): both stories have a Star Trek regular character, being accused of murder, on a planet with an unusual justice system. See more »


In Manua's version of events, Riker paraphrases the story of Rapunzel. There is no reason to think she would know an Earth fairy tale. See more »


Manua Apgar: I must apologize for my husband's lack of social graces. He may be one of the great scientific minds in the galaxy, but... he does come up a bit short in other areas.
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Spoofed in Star Trek: Lower Decks: Veritas (2020) See more »


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The Old Tried and True Multiple View of an Event
16 August 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a reasonable good episode. Poor Riker, trying to take the high ground, finds himself accused of murder. Unfortunately, for him, the scene of the crime has been obliterated, so all the evidence is hearsay. Sadly, the planet which has charged Riker allows this suspect evidence to take someone to trial. The whole thing centers around a surprise visit to a scientist who has been working on some pretty impressive stuff. He is a crotchety guy who has a wife who is obviously unhappy. In Riker's version, she comes on to him after showing him his bedroom and as he pushes her away, the husband comes in. It is certainly embarrassing for all parties. Riker realizes there is no easy solution but agrees the next morning to return to the Enterprise with a report on his findings. The scientist has promised a complaint to Star Fleet. As Will is about to beam up, the space station explodes and kills the researcher. All must be waded through and sorted out. A pretrial investigation convenes on the holodeck. I have to tell you the whole thing seemed far fetched and difficult to follow. it also concluded rather abruptly.

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