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Star Trek - The Next Generation, Episode 22: Skin Of Evil

2 Ratings: -1.0
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A substandardTrekadventure that attains a bit of notoriety as the final episode of Denise Crosby's Tasha Yar--at least until her cleverly conceived return in the third season's "Yesterday's Enterprise." When a shuttle crash strands Counselor Troi and … see full wiki

1 review about Star Trek - The Next Generation, Episode...

Moving ending, rather ineffective getting there

  • Oct 16, 2004
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This episode is memorable only for the demise of Tasha Yar and the holodeck scene where she says goodbye to her friends. A shuttle-containing counselor Troi crashes on Varga 2 and the Enterprise rushes to assist. When the landing party arrives on the surface, they are confronted by a mobile oil slick called Armus. He prevents them from reaching the shuttle containing Troi and the pilot and in a fit of pique, kills Tasha. Phaser fire is ineffective against him, so the landing party is powerless.
Armus begins speaking to Troi, so using her empathic ability; she is able to learn something about him. Picard beams down to the surface in an attempt to negotiate with Armus, but he does little more than play childish pranks on them. Fortunately, the Enterprise crew discovers that when Armus is angry, the force field that he has created is weakened. Therefore, they frustrate him to the extent that all he can do is scream with rage, which lowers the strength of the field to the point where the landing party can beam off the surface.
I consider Armus to be one of the most poorly thought out aliens to appear in TNG. He has no redeeming qualities, apparently he is the evil essence that a species culled from their being and then abandoned on the planet. While the idea of an evil life force does have many interesting possibilities, in this case, it is not well implemented. The idea that a being powerful enough to resist concentrated phaser fire and possessing intelligence would simply stand and scream with rage is difficult to believe.
The final scene is a very emotional one, where a pre-recorded holographic image of Tasha says goodbye to her friends on the Enterprise. At the end, Data expresses puzzlement over the funeral, noting that all of his thoughts are about himself and not Tasha. He asks Picard if he perhaps has missed the point of the funeral, to which Picard replies that no, he has in fact gotten it. However, this is not enough to save the episode, and I rank it in the bottom ten percent of the series.

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Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Paramount

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