Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 1 Episode 23

Skin Of Evil

Aired Unknown Apr 25, 1988 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • 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?

    • There are two separate wide shots where we see the actor playing Armus standing in the sand pit but the F/X of the oil slick filling the pit hasn't been filled in - Armus just looks to be standing in an empty hole.

    • Where is Riker when Armus emerges from the pit and engulfs the shuttlecraft? Armus covers the shuttlecraft at a very thin layer but there's no Riker-sized bulge.

    • Geordi's phaser falls out when the away team moves to help Riker and gets sand on it. After Picard beams down it's back in Geordi's holster, clean and shiny.

    • When Worf first scans the shuttlecraft, we see a topographical map of the area, but it's the same graphic they use later when measuring Armus' energy levels and their fluctuations - you see the fluctuations before they even know Armus is there.

    • Worf says they're going to do a parallel transport of Troi and Picard, but when he actually does it he beams out Troi first and then Picard a few seconds later.

    • For some reason when Worf is reading off the strength of energy levels, he uses two decimal points - 2.6.205 and 2.6.3. This doesn't seem to make much sense.

  • Quotes

    • 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.'

    • Armus: You humans are puny - weak.
      Picard: But our spirit is indomitable!

    • Picard: Shall I tell you what true evil is? It is to submit to you. It is when we surrender our freedom, our dignity, instead of defying you.

    • Yar: Hello, my friends. You are here now watching this image of me because I have died. It probably happened while I was on duty, and quickly, which is what I expected. Never forget I died doing exactly what I wanted to do. What I want you to know is how much I loved my life, and those of you who shared it with me. You are my family. You all know where I came from and what my life was like before. But Starfleet took that frightened, angry young girl and tempered her. I have been blessed with your friendship, and your love.

    • Yar: My friend Data, you see things with the wonder of a child. And that makes you more human than any of us.

    • Yar: Ah, Worf. We are so much alike, you and I. Both warriors, orphans who found ourselves this family. I hope I met death with my eyes wide open.

    • Yar: Captain Jean-Luc Picard, I wish I could say you've been like a father to me, but I've never had one so I don't know what it feels like. But if there was one person in this universe who I would choose to be like, someone who I would want to make proud of me, it's you. You who have the heart of an explorer and the soul of a poet. So you'll understand when I say, 'Death is that state in which one exists only in the memory of others,' which is why it is not an end. No goodbyes, just good memories. Hailing frequencies closed, sir.

    • Data: Sir, the purpose of this gathering, confuses me.
      Picard: Oh? How so?
      Data: I find my thoughts are not for Tasha, but for myself. I keep thinking, how empty it will be without her presence. Did I miss the point?
      Picard: you didn't Data. You got it.

  • Notes

    • 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.

    • Although Tasha Yar is killed in this episode, Denise Crosby's name continues to appear on the opening credits until the end of the season.

  • Allusions

    • 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.