Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 2 Episode 4

The Outrageous Okona

Aired Unknown Dec 12, 1988 on CBS
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Stardate: 42402.7 The Enterprise is placed in a compromising situation when the roguish captain of a disabled starship places the crew in the middle of a love triangle. Meanwhile, Data tries to understand what "humor" truly means.

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  • horrible

    this episode is like watching paint dry
  • The substance of the episode is bad-to-terrible, but there is some nice chemistry between Brent Spiner and Whoopi Goldberg.

    The substance of this episode is pretty weak -- a lightweight and uninteresting plot that was unfortunately all-too-common in TNG's first two seasons, the extremely overdone "Pinocchio trying be human" theme that the writers repeatedly forced on Data, and an excruciatingly awful turn by Joe Piscopo as "The Comic." To top it off the writers yet again decide to dredge out some preachy commentary about 20th century Earth.

    That said, the scenes involving both Data and Guinan had a certain chemistry that is fun to watch. Brent Spiner is talented enough that Data's horrible delivery of corny jokes actually comes off as funny; Whoopi Goldberg, despite being severely underutilized at this point in the series, exudes enough charisma that it doesn't really matter.moreless
  • Teri Hatchers distracts us from Capt. Okona

    This episode really doesnt add much to the growth of the show. Its purely a diversion with a non-descript story of abitration forced onto Picard.

    Frankly the only + point of the entire episode is the Okana character who gets up to mischief and poses problems for the crew when two arguing factions demand he is turned over to them!

    The cause of the argument is quite innocuous. The not so chivalrous Okana has knocked up the girl of an important family. While the other party accuses him of the theft of a valuable gem. This episode is very slow paced and doesnt really break a sweat even in what is a good attempt at a finale, at least for his storyline.

    You will only be entertained here if you really like the character of Okana and its ashame they never used him in a more dramatic episode. As it is, this showing fails to live up to any expectation.

    Worth amiss unless you like loveable rogues and want to see Teri Hatchers first outing on ST! :Dmoreless
  • What is this, season one?....

    Where do I begin? "The Outrageous Okona" is not the same as the absolute worst of Star Trek: TNG's weak first season but it is close. So the Enterprise runs into a damaged cargo ship with one Captain Okona needing some repairs and helps him out. Okona (played by Bill Campbell (but credited as William O. Campbell), an actor you see pop up every once and a while and who lost out to Jonathan Frakes for the part of Riker) is very, well, outrageous - making an impression on the crew, being buddy-buddy with the dudes and putting the moves on as many women as he can. BUT WAIT! Two ships confront the Enterprise and demand that Okona be handed over to them which, naturally, causes a dilemma for Picard & co. All this time, Data is trying to learn how to be funny.

    Holy mad cows is this episode bad. "The Outrageous Okona" is similar to the equally bad season one episode "Haven" in that it has a boring romance story, none of the supposed "comedy" is funny, and Data is basically the only good thing about the episode. Luckily, "The Outrageous Okona" does not feature Lwaxana Troi like "Haven" does!

    One of the biggest problems with this episode is the featured acting. The regular cast is solid of course (with Brent Spiner and Whoopi Goldberg standing out) but all of the guest actors are pathetic embarrassments and special guest star Bill Campbell gives a performance that is the pinnacle of annoying (and that is not just because he beds Teri Hatcher and a handful of other women before the episode is even half-way over). Campbell just annoys me all around (thankfully Frakes won the role of Riker or we would have had 7 seasons and 4 films of this guy!) - no matter what I seem him in, whether it is the awful "Enough" or the otherwise great "The Rocketeer," Campbell bugs me. Things are no different here for me in Campbell's guest spot on TNG: Campbell is neither funny nor compelling in any way.

    As bad as Campbell and the rest of the guest actors are in this episode, the biggest problem is that none of attempts at humor, of which there is a lot of, is funny - none of the jokes are even funny on paper and everyone outside of Data who tries to be funny absolutely bomb. Data's attempt to be funny produces a few chuckles but not only is Campbell not funny in the least but Joe Piscopo's guest role as a holographic comic trying to teach Data comedy is painfully bad and extremely unfunny. At least Spiner and Goldberg share a couple of nice scenes together, otherwise I would have absolutely nothing nice to say about "The Outrageous Okona."moreless
  • I give it points because it's the first episode of Seinfeld.

    Most of this episode was pretty annoying. Joe Piscopo was painful to watch, Bill Campbell's character Okona would have been better cast on "Firefly," and Wesley's admiration for this rebellious caricature was sickening, but it got better towards the end. Not to say it was a good episode by any means, but the ending was fairly creative. More importantly though was the fact that this episode had three guest starts who later appeared on "Seinfeld." Terri Hatcher and Kieran Mulroney both made guest apperances in "The Implant", Terri as Sidra and Kieran as Timmy. (the guy who double-dipped the chip) Then there was Rosalind Allen, who would later appear on Seinfeld as Diane in "The Marine Biologist." I think a Seinfeld fan can appreciate this episode more than a Star Trek fan.moreless
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt./Lt. Cmdr. Worf

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