Series: The Next Generation
Air Date: January 25, 1988
Written by: Patrick Barry
Directed by: Michael Rhodes
The Enterprise visits a matriarchal planet to find some lost people and Riker makes it with the leader.
Seven years ago, the freighter, Odin, disappeared never to be heard from the Federation again. Well, the Enterprise has found it on the planet Angel I and they figure it'll be an easy thing to find the survivors and bring them back home. The inhabitants of Angel I are a matriarchal society who's sexism against men is as bad as it was on Earth for women in the 1960's. So, the logical choice is to let Troi and Yar do most of the talking and bring Riker along for some eye candy. The "elected one", Mistress Beata, is wary of the newcomers and refuses to say whether there are survivors from the Odin. She tells the team she has to consider it and her manservant, Trent, leads them into another room where they wait.
Meanwhile, back on the Enterprise, Wesley has taken up skiing on the holodeck. At the same time, Picard is preparing to head out to the Romulan neutral zone as soon as the away team returns because Romulans have been spotted near the border. While Picard is discussing this with Worf, a snowball smacks him in the face, coming from inside the holodeck where Wesley and his "friend" come running. What no one expected was that this was when they would all come down with a mysterious illness. It starts with an odd aroma. And then descends into madness.
|I'm gonna go ahead and say that sparkly winter clothing is the first symptom.|
Meanwhile, having received permission to start looking, Yar, Data and Troi beam over to where Ramsey is and find him pretty easily. The catch: he doesn't wanna go. He and his friends have found wives and settled down. They admit the men are treated terribly and that's why they're in hiding, but I guess they wanna fight the good fight, or something. So the three of them beam back to where they were before they're able to see that Beata's right-hand-woman is actually Ramsey's wife. They report what's going on to Riker, interrupting his sexy times, and Beata is forced to sentence the survivors to death.
|Because that's what crazy chicks do.|
Well, it turns out Beata had her right-hand-woman followed, so she found Ramsey and discovered that she was a traitor. They're scheduled to be executed the next day and Riker is outraged. He gives Ramsey one more chance, but he still one go. The next day comes and Data reports in. Riker asks why he isn't gone, and Data says because it's not too late yet. They still have 47 minutes before they have to leave to fight Romulans. So Riker attends the execution and makes a grand speech about how Beata is trying to fight evolution which can't be done. And if she kills Ramsey, she'll only make him a martyr and his ideals will spread.
|As long as his Macgyver fashion sense doesn't spread.|
The only real gripe I have about this episode is that there are two completely disconnected plot lines running at the same time. Here and there they may have tried to jam them together, but it never really worked. And I have a feeling this isn't the last we'll see of the double plot episode structure. The first we saw of it was in "Lonely Among Us" and I didn't like it there, either. There should be some effort made to wrap these plots together somehow. Meanwhile, this is a great episode to refer to if you ever want to just have a good laugh at the expense of 80's fashion. And the reversal of sexism roles is always a very interesting idea to explore.