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Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 4 Episode 23

The Host

5
Aired Unknown May 13, 1991 on CBS
6.7
out of 10
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193 votes
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Stardate: 44821.3 Dr. Crusher falls in love with a Trill Ambassador. However, her feelings are tested when she learns the true nature of the Trills' symbiotic existence.

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    7.0
    Nothing found on who played the part of Odan/female. Seems to me I recognize her as Helen Hunt by her mouth and speaking manner but can't find any confirmation of that. As for the comment johndoe70 made, they didn't drop the ball by not getting into a gay/lesbian senario. In real life there are those that are gay and those that are not. Dr. Crusher was already characterized as being a female who likes men. I'm really getting tired of everyone from every sexual preference insisting they be portrayed in TV shows. What is "Normal" is men/women as God intended. Be who you want to be, but get over it and don't feel the need to broadcast it.moreless
  • Dr. Crusher finds more in her lover's pants than she bargained for

    7.0
    TNG only scratches the surface with the fascinating race introduced in this Dr. Crusher episode, leaving many issues on the table which would go on to be explored in Deep Space Nine. (Considering that most of the Trill precedents laid down in "The Host" would be disregarded in DS9 anyway, maybe it's better that the scope here is limited.) But the episode uses the regulars well and explores some interesting ideas in a limited way. (And it's nice to see Dr. Crusher has a social life.)moreless
  • The introduction of the Trills, who would become a major character in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, with Dr. Crusher being unable to continue the relationship she starts with a Trill ambassador when he moves into a female host.moreless

    7.0
    This is a good episode, overall, and marks the introduction of the Trills. Yet, I cannot but help think that Star Trek, a series that loves to pat itself on the back for being progressive, really dropped the ball on this one. Dr. Crusher falls in love with a visiting Trill diplomat, but breaks off the affair when an accident forces the Trill into a new, female host. It is not too clear if she is uncomfortable with the different species-host or the same-sex aspect of the relationship.



    The episode should have made this clearer and dealt with the silent elephant in the room (starship?); gender identity and homophobia. Later on in Deep Space Nince, "Rejoined" the issue of gender identity/sexuality is dealt with a bit better, but I still feel that the powers-that-be at Star Trek were being too timid.moreless
  • I'm surprised the other reviews are so nice.

    4.5
    This episode is crap. I hate to be like that, but sometimes that's just how it is. The writing is awful, the directing is worse, the acting is bad, (which is probably a result of the directing, since these are actors who normally do a good job) the flow is unnatural... even the music is wrong. This feels about as much like an episode of Star Trek as Odan inside Riker's body feels like Riker. It's as if the episode was written and directed by imposters. Maybe it was? I'm not sure who was responsible for this. Maybe it was someone's directorial debut or something. The only reason this was watchable is because I'm watching all the TNG's in order and I'm not going to skip any. What's a shame is that the plot could have been interesting had every other thing been different. Oh well. Que sera sera.moreless
  • bad overtones

    3.0
    the plot is interesting between crusher and Ambassador Odan it is a love story but in alot of ways it could have been better i mean this is a typical case of the body being taken over by something that is harmful to the body itself not a first on star trek. next there is the thing that it takes over riker and they have the Ambassador Odan romance taken over by riker who oi vey goes for soo many now they have him go for a college "under the influence" of an alien. however the WORST thing is the end and that is what kills it for me it shows Anti LGBT and above all other anti L&T in this show it makes me ashamed to be a fan of the show shame on you the writers and producers shame on you big time.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

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt./Lt. Cmdr. Worf

Franc Luz

Franc Luz

Ambassador Odan

Guest Star

Barbara Tarbuck

Barbara Tarbuck

Governor Leka Trion

Guest Star

Nicole Orth-Pallavicini

Nicole Orth-Pallavicini

Kareel

Guest Star

Patti Yasutake

Patti Yasutake

Alyssa Ogawa

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Odan enters Picard's ready room, Picard is looking at an image on his monitor. The image is the exact same image that is displayed when the crew were discussing their spatial rupture predicament in the episode "Night Terrors."

    • When Dr. Crusher is in her quarters talking and pacing, you can see the boom pole reflected in the mirror, then the shadow of the boom mike bouncing on the wall behind her, and finally a light set up on her counter reflected in the mirror. A very poorly shot scene overall.

    • Relating to the continuity between TNG and DS9, in this episode, it is said that the Federation knows very little about the Trill, they don't even know they are joined. However, since DS9 is set two years after this episode, Jadzia has graduated the academy by now and every officer takes routine medical tests where they would have found the symbiont even if she didn't tell them about it. Also, Jadzia seems to have no problem transporting in DS9, while Odan said it would harm the symbiont.

    • During the surgery on Riker, the captions refer to Nurse Ogawa as "Nurse Owaga."

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Picard: Beverly, whatever else I may be to you, I'm your friend. I can only imagine what you're going through, and I want you to know I'm here.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (0)

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