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The Host
Stardate 44821.3
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 97 (4.23)

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   Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn   IMDB   Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden   IMDB   Commander Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis   IMDB   Lt. Commander Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner   IMDB   Lt. Commander Data
Guest Cast:
Franc Luz   IMDB   Odan
Barbara Tarbuck   IMDB   Governor Leka Trion
Nicole Orth-Pallavicini   IMDB   Kareel
William Newman   IMDB   Kalin Trose
Patti Yasutake   IMDB   Ensign Alyssa Ogawa
Robert Harper   IMDB   Lathal Bine
Music:
Jay Chattaway   IMDB
Director:
Marvin V. Rush   IMDB
Author:
Michel Horvat   IMDB
Published
Laser Disc   ST:TNG LaserDisc Volume 49
DVD   ST:TNG DVD 4.6
VHS   ST:TNG VHS 4.8
Teaser
The Next Generation Teaser #097: The Host

Dr. Crusher's love is put to the test when she falls for an alien who exists in different "host bodies" in order to survive.
Synopsis
Beverly becomes romantically involved with a Trill ambassador who is being escorted by the U.S.S. Enterprise to mediate a dispute in the Peliar system. As the starship approaches its destination, Riker volunteers to shuttle the ambassador, Odan, to Peliar to meet with representatives of the planet's Alpha and Beta moons, which have armed for war against each other. Shortly after Riker and Odan depart, a ship opens fire on them, critically injuring Odan and forcing their return to the U.S.S. Enterprise. Back on board, Beverly's examination of Odan indicates that a parasite is invading his body. As she prepares to remove it, she is shocked when Odan stops her, revealing that he is the parasite, and his body is merely a host. The parasite, not the body, is what must be saved.

While Beverly struggles to accept the fact that the handsome man she fell in love with is actually a small purplish lump of tissue, the Enterprise contacts the Trill for a new host body for Odan. Unfortunately, the situation in the Peliar system cannot wait and requires Odan's immediate attention. With this in mind, Riker volunteers his body to serve as temporary host to Odan so he can complete his mission. Beverly is successful in transferring Odan into Riker's body, but cannot get used to seeing him as Riker and is unable to relate to him as a lover. Odan sadly agrees to stay away from her if his presence causes her pain.

Soon after the transfer, Riker's body begins to experience severe physical pain. Odan proceeds with the meeting anyway, and learns that Beverly's discomfort with the notion that he exists within Riker is shared by the representatives of Peliar's moons. They suspect the odd scenario may actually be a plot by Starfleet concocted to enable the organization to impose its own agenda on the Peliar situation. Luckily, Odan is able to convince the Beta representative to accept him and proceed with the negotiations, and the Alpha representative agrees to have an answer within eight hours. Later that day, Beverly arrives at Odan's quarters. Overcome by her desire for Odan, she looks past Riker's body and falls into her lover's arms.

The next morning, as he prepares for the mediation, Odan tells Beverly that his presence has become a threat to Riker's body, and makes her promise to remove him after the meeting. The dispute is settled quickly, and Odan returns to Beverly to be surgically removed from Riker's body. The operation goes well, but Odan's own life is endangered when the Trill ship carrying his new host body is delayed. The U.S.S. Enterprise sets off at warp speed to intercept the ship and save Odan. As the situation becomes critical, Worf announces that the host has arrived and Beverly is dismayed when he ushers in a beautiful young woman. After she transfers Odan into the female body, she sadly explains to her lover that she cannot adjust to the constant change and uncertainty and must end their relationship. Odan accepts her decision and, after the two exchange vows of love, Odan returns to Trill.
Reviews

By Dark Materia on 14 Dec 2002 08:28:35
After getting to know the Trill through DS9 you can't help flinching at some of the things that's changed since this show. It is a fairly interesting story and Frakes does a good job of playing Odan. The ending does annoy me though, I would have hope that in the 24th century, bi-sexuallity would be treated with a little less intolerance. Crusher's reaction to Odan's new host is like "Get away from me, you freak!". Oh, well.

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