Man of the People
Overall Ep :
First Aired :
5 Oct 1992
Season Ep :
Troi has stated several times that her empathic sense allows her to tell when a person is lying to her. So when Alkar asked her to participate in his little ceremony, why didn't she sense that there was something amiss?
When Ensign Blondie McHandsome was about to leave Deanna's quarters, she told him she knew where to find him if she needed anything more. He answered "Yes Ma'am," and walked out. But isn't this the genderless future, where female officers are called "Sir"? (As a minor aside; it's always amused me that when sci-fi shows attempt to depict 'genderless' future forms of address, they always, always do it by referring to women as men. Because who gives a damn how silly women feel, so long as we can avoid the ultimate humiliation of calling a male 'Ma'am'?)
Worst Moment :
The idea that this guy can go around abusing people this way without interference is absurd. Alright he may be immune to prosecution because of diplomatic immunity, but it strains credibility that the crew can't do anything to stop an ongoing assault.
Body Count :
Two; Alkar's first girlfriend and Alkar himself.
This episode was originally scheduled to be the fourth of the season, but was moved back when "Relics" had to be moved because of James Doohan's schedule.
Troi is threatened by a visiting diplomat who wants to use her as the psychic version of a toxic waste dump.