Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 1 Episode 4

Code Of Honor

Aired Unknown Oct 12, 1987 on CBS
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Stardate: 41235.25

Tasha Yar must fight for her life, and a vaccine that will save a race of people, when she is kidnapped and forced to battle her abductor's wife.

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  • Just astonishingly sexist and awful

    I mean, as others have noted, this ep reeks of Mighty Whitey old school racism, but wow. The sexism runs incredibly deep throughout this episode. Women are property, objects of desire at every turn. And the only unfettered choices a woman makes at any point are to fight another woman to the death, and to give herself ("All my land, all my property, all I am!") to a man!

    Yar is a prop throughout. I don't blame the actor, though. it's entirely the fault of the writing. Although Yar's Akido demonstration did seem more than a little Yellow-beltish.

    Also, I understand if the actor playing Yar is not the most physical person, but the show needs to communicate her basic competence in a fight. Generally, they do a good job of that. In the pilot, where she took down the soldier approaching them in the courtroom, and even in the beginning of this episode.

    But the big fight at the end is just silly. The women are equally matched in strength, despite all Yar's training. If I had been writing this episode, that fight would have been played for laughs, with Yar entering unarmed, and just dodging and weaving until her opponent tired (which cannot take all that long for someone who is not a trained fighter). Then Yar makes it look like she's about to stab the lady with her own weapon, but the teleport away an instant before the blow lands. Then they make up a lie and bullshit their way through.

    But honestly, this episode is not salvageable. At all.

    Naked Now was at least funny.moreless
  • Racist piece of shit

    What a terrible episode... Racist and utterly ridiculous.
  • "Code Of Bummer"

    The thing that stood out the most to me that made this such a bad episode was the directing: it was terrible. The actors were often very stiff (especially when Gates McFadden was talking to Patrick Stewart in his Ready Room -- she was awful -- and she is such a fantastic actor otherwise!) Blame it on the director: cues were not picked up quickly enough and the "action" dragged. Very little movement while the actors were speaking. They just stood there and recited their lines. God bless them. They were a fantastic and extremely talented group of actors, but in this episode the direction they were given was bor-ing and unimaginative. Of course, this was only the third episode ever of this new series, and everyone was still trying to find their footing and develop their characters. But man -- what awful directing. This episode gets a D+ from me.moreless
  • Stupid episode

    Where to begin? Lutan's stunt was an act of war and Picard would have had every right to use force if he chose to. But to play along with Lutan's ridiculous game was dumb. I agreed with Data when it called it a joke. It was a joke.
  • I'm surprised that many did not like this episode.

    I'm surprised that many did not like this episode, I found it quite enjoyable, I've watched it several times. The part where they demonstrate the akido training at the holodeck is quite intriguing, can you imagine how much money people would be willing to spend to be able to have a personal trainer available at all times? I thought the person who played Lutan performed well and I was quite amused by his antics. His facial expression at the end of the episode when he realized how badly his grand plan failed had me laughing for a while.moreless
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • When Picard orders Riker to have the torpedoes detonate 1,000 meters above the surface, they did not even make it into the atmosphere prior to exploding.

    • When the battle to the death begins, Lutan states it is not to be interrupted. But when Yareena loses her weapon, he stops the fight for her to retrieve it; not to mention helping the one he wants to lose.

    • During her fight with Yareena, Yar's weapon is on her left hand. However, when Yar beams up with Yareena, the weapon moves to her right hand.

    • While on the planet, watch Troi's arms. In the group shots, Troi's arms are at her sides, while in the close-ups, her arms are behind her back.

    • When Dr. Crusher examines Yareena after she is "killed," a watch can be seen on Crusher's left wrist. Humans, especially Starfleet officers, don't wear watches, as they can usually just ask the computer for the time. Certainly we never see other Starfleet officers wear wrist watches, and Crusher never wears one again.

    • Throughout the episode, Crusher is adamant about how out of control this terrible, virulent plague has gotten. Millions of cases are reported, etc., etc. When they have the cure, Riker orders that they proceed to deliver it to the afflicted colony at "warp three." Isn't that callous?

    • Why do they beam a ranking Ligonian and his diplomatic party into a cargo bay?

    • Near the end of the episode Picard directs Lutan and Hagon into the observation lounge - when they leave the bridge the two of them go first, but a split second later when they cut to a shot of the lounge, Picard arrives first and they come in after him - how'd Picard get in front of them?

    • During the discussion about Picard beaming down to the planet, Riker calls the lesser-ranked Data "Sir."

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Lutan: A code of honor protects one like a magic cloak.

    • Data: What Lutan did is similar to what certain American Indians once did called "counting coup." That is from an obscure language known as French.
      Picard: Mr. Data, the French language, for centuries on Earth, represented civilization.
      Data: Indeed? But surely, sir..
      Riker: I suggest you drop it, Mr. Data.

    • Riker: I'll see that (Wesley) leaves immediately.
      Picard: No.
      Riker: No?
      Picard: Why don't you sit down at Ops next to Lt. LaForge?
      Wesley: Sir?
      Geordi: Sir?
      Picard: Is the whole ship deaf? Sit down over there, young man.

    • Data: Most interesting. Could this be Human Joke #663?
      LaForge: Negative, Data. That's a captain's order.

  • NOTES (3)

    • In the original script, only Lutan's guards were specified to be black; it was director Russ Mayberry's idea to cast the rest of the guest cast as all black performers. Late in the episode's production, Gene Roddenberry became concerned about this decision and Mayberry's handling of the story, and fired him. The rest of the episode was directed by Les Landau.

    • In the scene on the planet where Tasha is sitting on the floor and Picard and Troi enter the room, there's a lamp in the background. It's exactly the same design (maybe even the same prop?) as the summoning device in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Equinox (2)".

    • The first appearances of the Enterprise holodeck grid and arch.


    • Picard's Gift Horse
      While Picard speaks to Lutan about the similarities between their cultures, he offers him a gift. Despite the fact that he says it is of Chinese origin, it bears a striking resemblance to the Trojan Horse, the mythological "gift" left in front of the gates of Troy by the Greeks. This was a large, hollow wooden horse filled with Greek soldiers. The Trojans opened their gates and brought in the horse. At night, the Greek soldiers crept out of the horse and took Troy. The term "Trojan Horse" has come to mean a sneak attack, which is meaningful in this episode considering that more than one such event take place in this episode.