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The Federation freighterOdinhas been disabled by an asteroid. There are no signs of life on the ship, but three escape pods are missing, so the crew of theEnterprisetake a trip to the nearest planet, Angel One, to see if they can locate any survivors. The civilization on Angel One is "similar to mid-20th-century Earth," except the gender roles are switched. Women are the hunters and natural leaders, while the men are treated as pretty ornaments and playthings. You can imagine how well that plays with Riker. But it's Riker who, in pure Shatner mode, nearly gets lucky with the leader of Angel One, Mistress Beata (Karen Montgomery). Well, it turns out the three survivors are fugitives from justice because they've been inspiring the men on the planet to campaign for equal rights, and the women just don't like that. Meanwhile, theEnterprisehas been incapacitated by a mysterious virus. The obvious politics of this episode are nicely balanced by the entertainingly "girlish" costumes worn by the men on the planet.--Andy Spletzer
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Genre:  Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio:  Paramount
CastLeVar Burton, Gates McFadden
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One of the plot lines of this episode involves the recurring theme that I consider the greatest weakness of TNG. The chief medical officer of the Enterprise, whether she be Crusher or Polaski, never seems able to handle medical problems quickly. When medical problems arise, in this case a dangerous viral infection spreading throughout the crew, Crusher's lines reduce to variations of "I don't know . . .". Considering that only the very best medical minds could be in Star Fleet and the Enterprise …
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