Star Trek: The Next Generation

Skin Of Evil

Season 1, Ep 23, Aired 4/25/88
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  • Episode Description
  • Stardate: 41601.3 When Troi's shuttle crashes on an alien planet, a new being is discovered: an entity that thrives on the suffering of others. The rescue attempt results in the death of a crewman.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Patrick Stewart

    Captain Jean-Luc Picard

  • Jonathan Frakes

    Cmdr. William T. Riker

  • Brent Spiner

    Lt. Cmdr. Data

  • Gates McFadden

    Dr. Beverly Crusher

  • Marina Sirtis

    Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

  • Fan Reviews (18)
  • The best thing to occur as a result of this episode was Tasha Yar's death.

    By jvma7621, May 16, 2008

  • Goodbye Tasha - hello better days for The Next Generation....

    By uk6strings, Dec 16, 2009

  • A shuttlecraft with Troi crashlands on a planet, and an away team discovers a creature is holding her captive.

    By Celedorian, Apr 23, 2011

  • while resueing troy, lt yar is killed trying to save her.

    By seaqueastdsv, Oct 09, 2007

  • One of the finest first season episodes

    By outworlder5, Feb 11, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Tasha: If you'll meet me on the Holodeck later. I need your help on the Mishiama wrist-lock and break. If it works on you, I can use it on anyone. Worf: A valid assumption.

    • Tasha: I'm more concerned with Lieutenant Minnerly's kickboxing. Worf: You are favored in the ship's pool. Tasha: You bet on me. Worf: A sure thing.

    • Data: You are capable of great sadism and cruelty. Interesting--no redeeming qualities. Armus: So what do you think? Data: I think you should be destroyed.

    • Armus: I do not serve things evil, I am evil.

    • Picard: A great poet once said 'all spirits are enslaved that serve things evil.'

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    Notes (6)

    • The black substance that was used for Armus was made out of metamucil and black printers ink.

    • The death scene was originally slated to occur much earlier in the episode, with the rest of the hour focusing on Armus and none of the farewell scenes included. However, Gene Roddenberry overruled the original script decision and the sequencing was changed.

    • Working title - "The Shroud."

    • Tasha's death marked the first (but not the last) time a continuing Trek character was killed off and remained (more or less) deceased.

    • This is the last regular appearance of Denise Crosby as Lt. Tasha Yar. Crosby (who is the granddaughter of Bing Crosby) asked the producers to write her off the show because she landed several movie roles. She had a very brief appearance in "Symbiosis," which was filmed after this episode. When her movie career went belly up, she returned in several guest appearances as Yar in alternate-reality and time-travel episodes, and as the Romulan Commander Sela.

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    Trivia (11)

    • The away team beams into the transporter room rather than into Sickbay. In the next episode, "We'll Always Have Paris", Paul and Jenice Manheim are beamed directly into Sickbay, so it is possible to do. But instead, they waste precious minutes carrying Yar from the transporter room to sickbay.

    • When Armus give Riker back to Picard, the arm of Riker's uniform isn't covered in the black slime from the pit.

    • Trivia: At this point in the series, shuttlecraft have numbers, not names. In the teaser's log entry, Picard reports that the Enterprise is enroute to rendezvous with "shuttlecraft thirteen."

    • When starting up the warp core, Lynch tells the computer to set the ratio of matter to antimatter to 25:1, which completely contradicts the "trick question" given to Wesley in the episode "Coming of Age," when it is stated that the only viable ratio is 1:1.

    • Armus refers to Data as "Tin Man" - how would Armus know of an old Earth reference?

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    Allusions (1)

    • Picard: A great poet once said "all spirits are enslaved that serve things evil." This is a quote from Percy Bysshe Shelley's Prometheus Unbound.

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