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The shuttle bringing Troi back to the Enterprise from an individual mission crashes on a near-unknown planet. It was presumed uninhabited, but shows atypical, life-like activity. Riker ... See full summary »


Joseph L. Scanlan


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Joseph Stefano (teleplay by) | 6 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Commander William T. Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lieutenant Geordi La Forge
Denise Crosby ... Lieutenant Tasha Yar
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Mart McChesney Mart McChesney ... Armus
Ron Gans Ron Gans ... Armus (voice)
Walker Boone Walker Boone ... Leland T. Lynch
Brad Zerbst Brad Zerbst ... Nurse
Raymond Forchion ... Ben Prieto


The shuttle bringing Troi back to the Enterprise from an individual mission crashes on a near-unknown planet. It was presumed uninhabited, but shows atypical, life-like activity. Riker leads an away-team, including Data, which discovers the shuttle is controlled and access barred by a shape-shifting, oily slick of hostile, almost sadistic nature, with immense powers. Attempts to pass it cause Riker to be temporarily swallowed, Yar to be killed. Picard beams down to take command while Deana works out it's acting out of deep frustration, which they must tap into. Written by KGF Vissers

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23 April 1988 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mart McChesney later portrayed the Sheliak director in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Ensigns of Command (1989). See more »


When Armus "removes" Geordi's visor forcefully to toy with him and Data, LeVar Burton's brown eyes are visible as the visor leaves his face (especially visible with freeze frame). The character of Geordi is blind, with a fully white eyeball instead of a colored iris/pupil. See more »


Voice of Armus: Save your compassion! It's revolting. You offer it like a prize, when in fact, it's an insult.
Capt. Picard: Because you feel unworthy.
Voice of Armus: You overrate your gift. You Humans are puny, weak.
Capt. Picard: But our spirit is indomitable.
Voice of Armus: And still you die from a flake of my power.
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Spoofed in Family Guy: Not All Dogs Go to Heaven (2009) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Un-complicated Review - A great episode
30 July 2010 | by liljjbugSee all my reviews

Previous reviews seem to be from fanatics who are original series purists and are not objective at all. This episode is perhaps one of the great episodes of the TNG series. Never mind all of the mumbo jumbo about the writers' and producers' intent, the STORY is an excellent portrayal of good versus evil. Never in the Star Trek universe have our heroes encountered a creature as purely evil as Armus. As a matter of fact, the primitive set and props has exactly the feel of the original Star Trek and the situation is one that explores the very depths of the human psyche the way that Roddenberry's original Star Trek explored many issues in human life. An excellent episode if you see it for what it is - an EPISODE! and not try to judge it for how it "fits" into the Star Trek universe.

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