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The Perfect Mate
Stardate 45761.3
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 121 (5.21)

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:
Famke Janssen   IMDB   Kamala
Tim O'Connor   IMDB   Ambassador Briam
Max Grodénchik   IMDB   Par Lenor
Mickey Cottrell   IMDB   Alrik Of Volt
Michael Snyder   IMDB   Qol
David Paul Needles   IMDB   Miner
Roger Rignack   IMDB   Miner
Charles Gunning   IMDB   Miner
April Grace   IMDB   Transporter Chief Hubbell
Majel Barrett Roddenberry   IMDB   Computer Voice
Music:
Jay Chattaway   IMDB
Director:
Cliff Bole   IMDB
Teleplay:
Gary Perconte   IMDB
Michael Piller   IMDB
Story:
René Echévarria   IMDB
Gary Perconte   IMDB
Published
Laser Disc   ST:TNG LaserDisc Volume 61
DVD   ST:TNG DVD 5.6
Teaser
The Next Generation Teaser #121: The Perfect Mate

Picard falls in love with a beautiful woman who is to be given as a peace offering to end a centuries-long war.
Synopsis
The battle between the Krios and Valt Minor Systems is set to end aboard the neutral ground of the U.S.S. Enterprise in a Ceremony of Reconciliation. The Kriosian Ambassador Briam arrives first with a gift for the Valtese leader Alrik, a fragile and irreplaceable item he asks to have declared off-limits. While on course to meet Alrik, the Enterprise is summoned to aid a Ferengi shuttle and beams aboard its two passengers. Picard and the crew learn their arrival was no coincidence when one of the Ferengi is caught trying to steal the gift. After being bumped by the Ferengi, the cocoon-like structure that houses the gift dissolves, revealing an exotic and beautiful woman.

The woman, Kamala, explains that she is an empathic metamorph, a rare creature born with the ability to sense what her mate desires and become what he wants her to be. From birth, she has been raised to be a gift to Alrik, whom she will imprint herself to as a token of peace. However, since her seal was broken prematurely, she is in a vulnerable state, sending out powerful sexual signals to every man she comes in contact with. Briam requests that she be confined to her room until Alrik arrives, but this horrifies Beverly, who tells Picard that he is helping to transport Kamala into a life of virtual prostitution. She convinces him to talk to the woman and release her from her quarters.

Picard has a difficult time resisting his attraction to Kamala, so he assigns Data, who will be immune to the woman's charms, to act as her escort. Data brings Kamala to the bar, where every man in sight is drawn to her. Kamala realizes she is creating havoc and volunteers to return to her quarters. Meanwhile, as Picard and Geordi help prepare for the upcoming ceremony, the Ferengis try to bribe Briam for Kamala. When he refuses to accept the bribe, he is knocked unconscious.

With Briam unable to perform his duty, Picard is asked to step in for him during the peace negotiations. Unfortunately, the captain knows little of the customs and rituals of the Kriosian people, and must turn to Kamala for help. As they work together, Picard finds it difficult to resist his attraction for her. Kamala confesses that she is also struggling, and finds it ironic to have met a man like Picard the day before she is to meet the man she must spend the rest of her life with.

Alrik arrives, and Picard is called upon to hand Kamala to her new mate in the Ceremony of Reconciliation. However, when he arrives in her room, she tells Picard that she is in love with him and has already imprinted herself to him. He asks her if she plans to go through with the ceremony anyway, and she tells him she must put her duty to her fellow man ahead of her own desires.
Reviews

By Dark Materia on 14 Dec 2002 08:40:56
A quite original love story with rhe sensual Kamala running wild on the Enterprise. There are some good moments with Picard being provoked into opening up. That man isn't easy to arouse. The ending is not very surprising, of course he doesn't get the girl in the end, he's Picard. I won't even mention what Kirk would have done in his shoes, poor girl.

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