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Skin of Evil
Stardate 41601.3
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 23 (1.23)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

         
Cast:
Patrick Stewart   IMDB   Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes   IMDB   Commander William T. Riker
Levar Burton   IMDB   Lieutenant JG Geordi La Forge
Denise Crosby   IMDB   Lieutenant Tasha Yar
Michael Dorn   IMDB   Lieutenant JG Worf
Gates McFadden   IMDB   Commander Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis   IMDB   Lt. Commander Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner   IMDB   Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton   IMDB   Wesley Crusher
Guest Cast:
Mart McChesney   IMDB   Armus
Ron Gans   IMDB   Voice Of Armus
Walker Boone   IMDB   Lt. Commander Leyland T. Lynch
Brad Zerbst   IMDB   Nurse
Raymond Forchion   IMDB   Lieutenant Ben Prieto
Music:
Ron Jones   IMDB
Director:
Joseph L. Scanlan   IMDB
Teleplay:
Joseph Stefano   IMDB
Hannah Louise Shearer   IMDB
Story:
Joseph Stefano   IMDB
Published
Laser Disc   ST:TNG LaserDisc Volume 12
DVD   ST:TNG DVD 1.6
VHS   ST:TNG VHS 1.8
Teaser
The Next Generation Teaser #023: Skin of Evil

A rescue mission turns to tragedy when one of the Enterprise officers is killed by an evil alien.
Synopsis
While the U.S.S. Enterprise is en route to rendezvous with Troi's shuttlecraft, a bizarre malfunction causes the transport vehicle to crash on Vagra II.

The only life form on the planet is Armus, a sinister entity that derives pleasure from the suffering of others.

Picard orders Commander Riker, Dr. Crusher, Lieutenant Commander Data and Lieutenant Yar to the planet to rescue Troi. Upon arrival, they discover that a strange entity has surrounded the crash site with a forcefield, preventing the away team from helping her. Suddenly, for no conceivable reason, Armus kills Yar.

Captain Picard beams down with the rest of the away team in an attempt to negotiate for the crash victims' release. However, Armus responds by ridiculing the crew and tormenting them with vicious and childish pranks.

While Picard tries to reason with Armus, Lt. Worf and Wesley discover that when Armus is provoked, the forcefield around the shuttlecraft weakens. Picard then taunts Armus, while Lt. Worf and Wesley beam the crew back to the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Picard orders the starship to destroy the shuttlecraft with the ship's phasers and declares the planet off limits to future Federation travelers, thus leaving Armus quarantined on a barren, lonely planet forever.

Returning to the U.S.S. Enterprise, the crew is touched by the living will of Lieutenant Yar. As her holographic image appears before them, she gives a moving farewell to each of her fellow crew members.
Reviews

By Dark Materia on 13 Dec 2002 14:10:52
A shame Tasha Yar had to die, it would have been fun to see what her character would be like after 7 seasons. I really enjoyed this episode even if the special effects crew were on vacation at the time they shot it. Armus is cool, but looks laughably cheap. Tasha Yar dying and Riker being swallowed by evil black goo is quite gruesome for a TNG show.

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