Riker’s multiple instances of Sexual Harassment nearly catches up to him in this holodeck court drama that originally aired on February 12,1990. This is A Matter of Perspective.
Stardate 43610.4 A Matter of Perspective
Riker is accused of murdering a well known Tanugian scientist. Determined to prove his innocence or guilt, each side uses the holodeck to present their cases and show their sides of the story.
As Riker attempts to beam back from a space station, the station explodes causing Riker’s signal to nearly be unable to be retrieved. Soon after he is safe, an investigator named Krag arrives on the ship and demands Riker’s arrest for the murder of Doctor Apgar, the only person who was remaining on the station when it exploded. Picard convinces Krag to hold the trial on board the ship using the holodeck. Riker is now on trial for his life.
I won’t go into any further details of the trial as this is really only interesting to people who love courtroom dramas with their sci fi. As they use the holodeck to recreate events as either side interprets them, it comes down to Dr. Apgar believing that Riker was seducing his wife. Apgar tried to kill Riker and the transporter beam deflected the beam into the the reactor they were working on which blew up the station killing Apgar.
Is this a ‘Good’ Episode:
It is the one Court Episode this season and, if you like court episodes that use a hologram to show events then yes, it’s a good one. Otherwise it’s really pretty boring compared to the rest of the season. That being said, it’s really not a BAD episode, just a rather boring one. And let’s be honest, with how much womanizing Riker has done these past three seasons, there is sufficient doubt that he wasn’t really shtupping Apgar’s wife. In this day and age, his history with seducing women alone would have had him convicted even if he didn’t commit this particular crime. I mean, the man is incorrigible. At this point, Riker is fortunate that Starfleet’s HR department is sleeping on the job if you ask me.
Gleanings and Cool Bits:
Picard paints and, probably due to Data’s rather harsh criticism, never paints again in the series. Data is a dick.
We never see or hear from the Tanugians again nor do we even hear about the Krieger Waves that Doctor Apgar was working on either. Seriously, a throwaway episode.
I promise, the next episode is where things really take off this season. It is pretty spectacular.
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Late To The Game 9/21/2019 (Originally Published 05/21/2018)
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