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Stardate: 44821.3 Dr. Crusher’s romantic involvement with a Trill goes wrong when the Trill’s host dies. Riker agrees to act as a substitute host till the new host can arrive. However, can Riker’s body handle the Trill long enough till the new host arrives?


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x23
Production Number: 198
Airdate: Monday May 13th, 1991


Alternate Airdates:

CA (Télé-Québec) May 13, 1991
IE (SETANTA IRELAND) Nov 23, 1994
FR (BBC TWO) Nov 23, 1994
UK (BBC TWO) Nov 23, 1994

  • Currently 9/10
9/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Patti Yasutake
As Alyssa Ogawa
Recurring
Barbara Tarbuck
As Governor Leka Trion
Franc Luz
As Ambassador Odan
Robert Harper (1)
As Lathal Bine
William Newman
As Kalin Trose
Main Cast
Patrick Stewart
As Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes
As Commander William T. Riker
LeVar Burton
As Lieutenant/Lt. Commander Geordi LaForge
Michael Dorn
As Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden
As Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis
As Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner
As Lt. Commander Data
Episode Notes
Log Entries:
*Captain’s Log, Stardate 44824.4. Governor Leka and the representatives of the two moons are ready to transport on board. We have learned that they each have troops massed and are ready for combat if this final effort at peace is not successful.



Episode Quotes
Riker/Odan: Speak softly, Governor. Those who cannot hear an angry shout, may strain to hear a whisper.



Episode References
The Trill host/symbiont relationship is far more centrally explored in the Deep Space Nine series, with a central character, Jadzia Dax (formerly Curzon Dax, later Ezri Dax) a source for many storylines.



Analysis
Many of the characteristics associated with the Trill during the course of DS9 are absent here, particularly the spots along the edge of the face, which seem to consistently occur as a part of the hosting process. Further, the suggestion is made from the start that Benjamin Sisko, the central character on DS9, has known Curzon Dax for a long, long time, such that Curzon was Sisko's mentor. This fact seems at odds with the notion, expressed in this episode, that (as Deanna says) "We know so very little about them [the Trill]". Combine this also with Beverly's apparently complete unawareness of the dual nature of the Trill host/symbiont. It's not utterly irreconcilable with the underlying basis for DS9, but it appears to require a clear retcon to explain it. This is especially true as the back story of DS9 identifies the beginning of the show as taking place only two years after the disaster at Wolf 359, and Sisko appears to be unconfused by the Trill host Dax shifting from the late Curzon to Jadzia, implying there and elsewhere he had known about that duality all along.



Warning: Star Trek: The Next Generation season 4 episode 23 guide may contain spoilers
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