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The Host


Series : The Next Generation Rating : 3
Disc No : 4.5 Episode : 96
First Aired : 13 May 1991 Stardate : 44821.3
Director : Marvin Rush Year : 2367
Writers : Michel Horvat Season : 4
Guest Cast :
Barbara Tarbuck as Governor Leka Trion
Franc Luz as Ambassador Odan
Guy Vardaman as Darien Wallace
Joyce Robinson as Ensign Gates
Nicole Orth-Pallavicini as Kareel
Patti Yasutake as Nurse Alyssa Ogawa
Robert Harper as Lathal Bine
Tracee Lee Cocco as Ensign Jae
William Newman as Kalin Trose
Moral :
Love : It's not what you look like, it's who you are on the inside that matters
YATI : The Trill in this episode are totally different from the way they appear in DS9. These Trill have no spots, a built up forehead, and when the symbiont joins with the host it takes over the host personality completely. So, does the planet Trill have two different races as different from one another as Earth's different types of dogs? Or are there two completely different planets that both happen to be called Trill and have joined species? And while we're on the subject, why would anybody ever agree to be a permanent host for this version of the Trill? The hosts are clearly shown as sentient beings, yet their entire personality is completely overwritten by the symbiont. Do the symbionts hold the hosts in some kind of slavery?

When the shuttle is intercepted, Worf reports that "they are loading their phaser banks". One charges phasers. One loads torpedo tubes.
Great Moment : Frakes does an excellent job as Odan in Riker's body, but my favourite moment in this episode is Troi telling Crusher about her father.
Body Count : Odan's host.


Doctor Crusher falls in love with the trill ambassidor Odan, but there is more to Odan than meets the eye.
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