The third episode of the series and it is already going strong. The episodes are predictable but relatable and feel like Trek. This third episode, originally aired on October 10,1987, is no exception so I present to you: Code of Honor.
Stardate 41235.25: Code Of Honor
The Enterprise is called upon to start negotiations with a race of humanoids, called the Ligonians, in order to obtain a much-needed vaccine. The leader of the Ligonians soon takes a liking to Chief of Security Tasha Yar and this jeopardizes everything.
First off, this is very much a cookie cutter classic series episode. It features very human aliens and only uses flamboyant costumes and set dressing to make them seem alien.
The look of the Ligonian race are obviously based off of an African society and this is addressed briefly in a meeting with Picard and Lutan (the leader of the Ligonians). They also come off as a very masculine race where women are not given the respect that the Human race has come to achieve.
During the initial meeting, Lutan kidnaps Tasha because he is ‘sexually attracted’ to her and wants to use her as sort of a bargaining chip. It’s part of his ‘Code of Honor’ hence the name of the episode.
We later learn that in this society where men have all of the ‘power’, women have ownership of the land. Due to this, there is eventually a fight between Lutan’s wife Yareena (played by Karole Selmon) and Tasha as she challenges Tasha using their code of honor. Once this fight it resolved it is revealed that the Women in the society hold all of the wealth and ultimately decide which male is in charge. Lutan gets his comeuppance for being a dick so that works out too.
Is this a ‘Good’ Episode:
This is the first season, so ‘good’ is subjective. Is it a well made episode? Yes. Is it a well written episode? yes. Everyone does a great job on it as well. I can’t get over how much this episode would have fit in the Original series. It feels like one that would have easily had Kirk and crew in the place of the TNG crew. I guess that is what makes it part of the same universe, familiarity goes miles.
All in all, it is a great example of a classic Trek episode. It is not the best TNG has to offer but certainly not the worst. Trust me, there are far worse…
Gleanings and Cool Bits:
I love the actor who plays Lutan. Jessie Lawrence Ferguson commands the screen in every scene he is in. His voice alone is one that commands respect and I would have lived to see him come back in another role in this series.
I find it interesting that Doctor Crusher tries to replicate the sample of the vaccine almost as soon as she receives it. I have to wonder if the Enterprise would have just stolen the vaccine had she been successful. Would the Prime Directive even matter in this case?
We get to see a little of the beginning of Picard’s acceptance of Wesley in this one. Even though he is a kid, he gets to take a position on the bridge for a bit. It’s a moment that will play out in full as the series continues.
In the battle between Yareena and Tasha, a spectator is killed. They just kind of shuffle his body off like it’s no big deal. Not so sure about these people.
The music cues are soooooo classic Trek.
Riker still doesn’t have a beard.
This episode starts the growing friendship between Data and LaForge. Data starts to practice his humor and gets a few jokes in. Bad ones, but fun. Despite all this, LaForge’s actual job aboard is not entirely clear.
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