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Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 7 Episode 2


Aired Unknown Sep 27, 1993 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Stardate: Unknown During an exchange program with a different culture, Picard's shuttle crashes on an unknown planet where he is rescued by the sole survivor of another crash.

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  • Forgettable episode.. maybe the definitive forgettable episode

    With an "alien species manipulating the crew" story that's more common in earlier seasons, "Liaisons" tries to mix the drama of a "Misery" like story with the comedy of a "3rd Rock From the Sun" like story. The result is a bit awkward.

    Patrick Stewart tries his darndest to salvage the weak A story about a woman trying to keep Picard trapped with her, but if it ain't on the page, it ain't on the stage. Michael Dorn fares better in the B story which takes advantage of his underrated comedic talents. Troi gets some screen time in a C story that doesn't really amount to much more than enjoying dessert.

    In fact, "Liaisons", with no connections to any other episode, might be the most forgettable episode of the series, only notable for being one of three not to have any bridge scenes.

  • This is probably one of the more overlooked and under-rated episodes of the series.

    Three ambassadors from a potential new member-world to the Federation are to be hosted by the Enterprise. Two will stay aboard her while the third chaperones Picard back on their homeworld. The ambassador chaperoned by Troi, becomes a bigger chocoholic than she is. Another, named Blyeth, is chaperoned by Worf...and uses every opportunity possible to insult him! As for Voval, he and Picard crashland on a stormy and barren planet, where the former disappears and Picard is rescued by a woman named Anna. In the end, it turns out that "Anna" and Voval are one and the same! The real Anna, and a fellow (male) castaway were rescued from the planet many years ago. But, she left her diary behind, and it was found by explorers from Voval's world. They were unfamiliar with some of the emotions mentioned in the diary: pleasure, antagonism, and love. So, while the other ambassadors researched the first two emotions, Voval would research the third...with Picard's initially unwitting help. Picard's response was awesome; diplomatic, yet sincere, at the same time. "When it comes to research, my people tend to take a balanced approach. Neither too daring nor too cautious. It is refreshing to meet a race not afraid to carry an experment like this to its most logical extreme." As for Worf? He finally has it with Blyeth (the antagonism researcher), who challenges him to a duel in the holo-deck. When Commander Riker finds out their holographic duel lasted _six_ Earth-hours, he asks Worf how that felt. "It was," Worf replies (hoping Blyeth doesn't know the word): "...excruciating." LOL!!!!! Of all the food for thought dished out by this show, during the seven years it was on, this has to be among the least-sampled morsels. Which is very strange, because it raises a very interesting question. How do you explain the concept of emotions to those unfamiliar with them? Because, even the Vulcans have emotions! They just choose to repress them, because of their inherent danger. Yet, Voval's people are just as innocent as Data used to be, regarding their unfamiliarity with certain emotions. And, how does one experiment with intangibles like that? A human, as Picard so wisely noted, would do it very carefully. But, as all the different incarnations of STAR TREK have pointed out, over the last forty years, "human" should not (and won't always) just mean Earthlings of primate ancestry.moreless
  • "Eh" - typical for season 7.

    Once again, an alien race tries to learn more about humanity by playing tricks on it. The best part of the episode, easily, is Worf's subplot. It's played entirely for laughs and generally works.

    Troi's subplot - with an ambassador who loves dessert - is pretty dull. Instead, we get lots of planetside time with Picard. Patrick Stewart does his best with a so-so storyline, and in fact manages to lift the story above pure mediocrity. That said, the story would have worked much better if it had been an actual battle of wills between Picard and his captor. Instead, we find out it was all a game!moreless
  • I loved this episode. Star trek quests to investigate so many cultural, racial, emotional, national, galactic, and scientific frontiers. This episode had a magical effect of portraying incredibly (previously neglected) emotional frontiers.moreless

    I loved this episode. Star trek quests to investigate so many cultural, racial, emotional, national, galactic, and scientific frontiers. This episode had a magical effect of portraying incredibly (previously neglected) emotional frontiers.

    The deliberate hostility towards worf and his slowing brewing anger, was hysterical; like when he was cutting the steak. Like when Data said he had tempermental, demanding, and rude qualities.

    Plus, the multiple plot lines is something I always find very appealing.

    Although the time-warp (like Dreams or something) were most fascinating, this was amusing.

    okay some parts on the planet were very slow. The chemistry with the female-voval, anna, and picard were awkward and boring at best.

    I think Riker (or his character) has much obedience to women. He always stands behind troi in kind of a submissive obligatory dutiful companion. Data just does not comply with and can be oblivious to such obsequiousness and Picard is just cognizant of it.moreless
  • The “Enterprise” welcomes aboard two Iyaaran ambassadors, Loquel and Byleth, who are visiting the ship as part of a "cultural exchange". Loquel is assigned to Troi, and Byleth is assigned to Worf. Picard rides a shuttle with Voval,moreless

    The “Enterprise” welcomes aboard two Iyaaran ambassadors, Loquel and Byleth, who are visiting the ship as part of a "cultural exchange". Loquel is assigned to Troi, and Byleth is assigned to Worf. Picard rides a shuttle with Voval, to the Iyaaran home world. Along the way something happens and the shuttle crash lands on a distant planet. By the end of the episode Worf is ready to fight. I would say more but it would ruin the story. I am going to give this one a 6.2. It needed more actionmoreless
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 (3)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Riker: Worf, they're going to be here any minute.
      Worf: I am having problems!
      Riker: If I didn't know you better, I would say you are procrastinating.
      Worf: Klingons do not procrastinate. It is a... tactical delay.

    • Worf: (to Blyeth) You are a pompous fool! And if you were not an Ambassador, I would disembowel you right here!

    • (noticing Worf's annoyance with Byleth)
      Data: I have heard that in moments of diplomatic tension, it is often helpful to find elements of commonality.
      Worf: Ambassador Byleth is demanding, temperamental, and rude.
      Data: You share all of those qualities in abundance. Perhaps you should try to build on your similarities.

    • (complaining about dress uniforms)
      Worf: They look like dresses.
      Riker: That is an incredibly outmoded and sexist attitude. I'm surprised at you.
      (starts to walk out, then turns to look at Worf)
      Riker: Besides, you look good in a dress.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Eric Pierpoint has several Star Trek appearances on his resume. On DS9 he was Captain Sanders in "For The Uniform." On Voyager he was Kotar in "Barge Of The Dead". He played Shiraht in the Enterprise episode "Rogue Planet," and then came back to the series for four episodes of the fourth season in the recurring role of Harris.