Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 1 Episode 23

Skin Of Evil

Aired Unknown Apr 25, 1988 on CBS

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  • One of the finest first season episodes

    A disturbing but pivotal episode in the STTNG canon, featuring one of the series' most nihilistic scripts. "Skin of Evil" is aptly titled, smartly plotted, and moving in its heartfelt portrayal of shared grief and lost friendship. Yar's meaningless death seems somehow sadly logical, and the final scene is both redemptive and cathartic. The episode is significant in at leat two respects: 1) the development of Data's character, learnimg as he does that death is not only inevitable for humans but is often a means for growth and understanding, and 2) the emotional binding of the STTNG cast, as each struggles to make sense of a senseless tragedy.