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Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch continues with a reminisce to a character from the past in ...
Season 4, Episode 6
- The Enterprise response to a distress call of Federation members who end up landing on the turbulent Turkana IV, the birthplace of the late Security Officer Tasha Yar. The Federation members are being held by The Alliance, and their enemies The Coalition offer to help with rescue and in a gesture of good faith and trust present a woman, Ishara Yar, who claims to be Tasha's sister.
- Ishara is the focus of the episode, especially her motivations and if she is indeed Tasha's sister. Eventually it's revealed through DNA tests that she is Tasha's sister, although her allegiance lies with her cadres of The Coalition.
- Data has a big role in this episode, not only for fond remembering of Tasha but also as he befriends and/or is taken in by Ishara.
- Although shes not in the episode as her character has passed away, Tasha plays a strong role in the episode through remembrance and story. She is remembered very fondly by her crew mates and even Picard relays when he first met her and her; but on the flip side sister Ishara thinks of Tasha as a coward for running away from the colony.
- I remember how much the woman who plays Ishara reminded me of Linda Hamilton of The Terminator! Isn't that weird, but that is still what sticks with me the most. I wasn't a fan of Yar, so this one didn't hold too much weight for me.
- This is the episode where Data delivers the lines that indicate how he could both get used to, and miss people when they are gone. I'm pretty sure it's one of the phrases/descriptions that gets referenced a fair amount. See actual quote below.
- I'm surprized that even though Yar died way back in the first season in 1.23 Skin on Evil, her 'Legacy' keeps living on not only here but also in 3.15 Yesterday's Enterprise. She's the cast member that just keeps on popping up.
- There is a great scene at the end where Data asks Riker about why he keeps thinking of Ishara, and Riker explains that betrayal is always a risk with trust. Data jumps to the idea that is it then better not to trust, but Riker assures him that you dive into trusting every time. I often forget how good at understanding relationships and human nature Riker is.
- I was really surprized during the original beam down to the planet Worf indicates he thinks Dr. Crusher should not go because of volatile society below. Beverly stays firm and indicates she can handle herself.
- It was interesting to see that the plans that the crew members come up are never ones that would include fatalities, of anyone. It's just not the Starfleet way, they go with safety first - always.
- Seriously, ANOTHER family-centric episode? That's four of the six episodes this season so far with 4.01 Family, 4.03 Brothers, 4.04 Suddenly Human and this one. Wow.
- I'm pretty indifferent on this one. I'm pretty sure I thought it was likely Ishara was going to betray them, and she does. And I'm not impressed that she wins everyone over, including Data. They do start off suspicious but it doesn't stay for long. I think someone would have stayed suspicious. At least 1 person.
- This is another one that it's not as fun on the re-watch when you know that the whole thing is a deception, and when that happens I get a bit miffy that Troi doesn't pick up on this especially when it's made clear that Ishara really was deceiving them the whole time even if she did cultivate a real almost-friendship with Data.
- "In all trust there is the possibility of betrayal...Without trust there's no friendship. No closeness. None of the emotional bonds that make us who we are." - Riker
- "Are you able to have friends?" - Ishara
- "As I experience certain sensory input patterns, my mental pathways become accustomed to them. The input is eventually anticipated and even 'missed' when absent."- Data
Ishara does betray the Enterprise crew when during the rescue attempt for the Federation members she takes off to implement a plan to take down The Alliances defense so The Coalition can attack. Picard does allow her to go back to the planet, and she tells Data that their time together was the closest thing to friendship she's ever had.
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