Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 7 Episode 2


Aired Unknown Sep 27, 1993 on CBS

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  • 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.
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