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Captain's Holiday (episode)

  • 1.2 Act One
  • 1.3 Act Two
  • 1.4 Act Three
  • 1.5 Act Four
  • 1.6 Act Five
  • 1.7 Log entries
  • 2 Memorable quotes
  • 3.1 Production history
  • 3.2 Story and script
  • 3.3 Production
  • 3.4 Cast and characters
  • 3.5 Continuity
  • 3.6 Reception
  • 3.7 Apocrypha
  • 3.8 Video and DVD releases
  • 4.1 Starring
  • 4.2 Also starring
  • 4.3 Guest stars
  • 4.4 Co-star
  • 4.5 Uncredited co-stars
  • 4.6 Stand-ins
  • 4.7 References
  • 4.8 External links

Summary [ ]

Vorgons computer interface on Risa

The aliens access the resort's computer

Two aliens, a male and a female, beam to a resort on the surface of the planet Risa . The female queries the resort's computer about the location of Jean-Luc Picard 's room, only to be informed that he hasn't arrived yet. When asked when he will arrive, the computer states it has no reservation on file under that name. While the male wonders about the situation, the female simply states, " He will come. "

Elsewhere, the USS Enterprise -D is returning from a two-week mission on Gemaris V , where Picard mediated a commercial treaty between two very stubborn participants, the Gemarians and the Dachlyds . Counselor Troi was with him, and tells Commander Riker how difficult it was for the captain to come up with the agreement. Picard arrives on the bridge , orders the ship to Starbase 12 , and then goes to his ready room . Picard doesn't show any joy when Riker congratulates him on negotiating the treaty, so Troi suggests to Riker that what their captain really needs is a vacation.

Act One [ ]

Troi cheers, 2366

Troi cheers

Doctor Crusher enters Picard's ready room as he is working with a stack of PADDs on his desk . She tells him that a crew member is working himself too hard and starts listing the symptoms that this crew member is manifesting. As Picard rubs his neck , Crusher mentions that one of the symptoms is muscle spasms, and Picard clues in to what she's doing; she ends up advising him to take a week off. Crusher says she could order Picard to take a vacation, but Picard replies that he knows she won't. He defends himself by saying that during the week-long starship maintenance on Starbase 12 he will make use of all the entertainment facilities available there. The doctor is not appeased and tells him instead to go to somewhere nice.

Riker smiling at Troi

" He's gonna have a great time. "

In the turbolift , Riker hints to Picard that he should take a holiday, but Picard brushes him off. Upon arriving on the bridge, Troi mentions that when the Enterprise arrives at Starbase 12, her mother will be present and is looking forward to catching up with Riker and Picard. Picard asks to speak to Riker privately in his ready room, drawing a brief cheer from Troi; and asks if everyone on the ship is conspiring together to get him to go on vacation. Riker concedes but notes that two ensigns on deck 39 may not know about the plan. Picard finally gives in and starts planning to vacation somewhere Riker suggested: Risa . In his quarters , Riker notices that Picard is bringing with him to Risa some "light" reading, such as Ulysses by James Joyce and Ethics, Sophistry and the Alternate Universe by Ving Kuda . Just before Picard leaves, Riker asks him to bring back a local souvenir called a Horga'hn .

Vash distracts Picard with a kiss

Vash kisses Picard

Picard beams down to Risa and is immediately kissed by Vash , a woman he's never met before. She is eying a Ferengi across the lobby. She claims to have mistaken Picard for someone else and walks off. " A simple handshake would've sufficed ", Picard quietly notes. As he walks across the lobby, the two aliens who inquired about Picard staying on Risa earlier watch him intently.

Act Two [ ]

Joval talks to Picard, 2366

Joval is baffled by Picard's behavior

Picard is reading a book on a deck chair in a public place. A local female valet, Joval , interrupts him while playing hoverball , asking if she could do something for him. Picard, annoyed, replies she is the fifth woman to ask the very same thing that day and tells her that he wants to be left alone. Joval is baffled by Picard's behavior as he says to be left alone, yet is also showing the Horga'hn. Once Picard understands the symbolic implications of the Horga'hn, Joval walks away, and Picard is quick to hide the Horga'hn under a towel to avoid further hassles.

The same Ferengi from the lobby covertly approaches Picard, telling him it is a big mistake to work with "her" and to ask "her" to return his disk immediately. Picard says that there has to be a mistake because he doesn't know what the Ferengi is talking about. The Ferengi orders Picard to talk about the business with him, and Picard replies that a Ferengi order doesn't count for him. When the Ferengi angrily replies, Picard stands up and tries to make himself clear to the Ferengi by stating again that he doesn't know this woman or about the disk, and he is on Risa only for vacation. The Ferengi goes away after declaring the disk is his.

Vorgon scan

The Vorgons scan Picard's room

As Picard returns on the deck chair, Vash arrives. As Vash talks about his encounter with the Ferengi Picard realizes that she is the woman the Ferengi was referring to, and he leaves looking for tranquility. At this very moment the Ferengi returns. Picard starts to move away towards his room, and Vash stealthily hides a disk inside his pocket.

When Picard returns in his room he finds the two aliens who were waiting for him before. They tell him they are Vorgons , and they claim to be a security team from the 27th century .

Act Three [ ]

Picard data disk 2366

Picard holds the disk

The Vorgons are looking for the Tox Uthat , an artifact built in the 27th century by a scientist named Kal Dano that is sought after by criminals and was hidden somewhere nearby in this time. Picard says he knows about the legend, and the Vorgons respond that history in the future indicates that Picard will find the Tox Uthat while he is on the planet. Picard says that he hasn't found the artifact yet, and the Vorgons want to know what will happen if he does. Picard simply states that he knows it belongs in the future, and the Vorgons transport out of his room. Just as the Vorgons leave Picard reaches into his pocket and finds the disk .

Vash annoyed

" Did Sovak tell you that? "

Picard arrives at Vash's door while she's cleaning up a huge mess in her room. She says that Sovak , the Ferengi, has taken to rifling through her room looking for the disk every once in a while. Picard shows her the disk and speculates it has something to do with the Tox Uthat. She is surprised, replying that the last thing she needs is a business partner. She tells Picard that she was an assistant to the late professor Samuel Estragon for the last 5 years . He was a researcher who spent half his life looking for the Tox Uthat. The disk contains new data and maps on the Tox Uthat's position. She admits that the Ferengi also sometimes worked with the professor, and now it is difficult for her to search for the artifact without Sovak noticing. Picard proposes to go after the Tox Uthat, but she wants to come as only she knows how do decode data on the disk. Picard accepts the proposal.

Sovak with gun 2366

Sovak threatens Vash and Picard

Sovak, brandishing a pistol, stops Picard and Vash just as they're leaving the hotel. Picard asks whether he is aware that weapons are prohibited on Risa, but Sovak just demands the disk again and threatens to kill Picard. Sovak reveals that he paid Vash to steal the disk but she betrayed him and used his money to travel to Risa. Vash denies this and Sovak calls her a " perfect mate for a Ferengi " – greedy and unscrupulous. Picard declares himself quite annoyed, and Sovak says if that is so, he might as well kill Picard and then take the disk. Vash objects, saying she'll give him what he wants, and throws her large pack into Sovak's arms. While Sovak is off balance, Picard seizes the pistol and knocks him out with a punch in the face. Vash remarks to Picard that she knew they would be a wonderful team together. Picard reminds her they have a lot of ground to cover, so they leave the resort.

Act Four [ ]

Vorgons watch Vash and Picard, 2366

The Vorgons keep an eye on Vash and Picard

Vash and Picard enter the cave that Vash says is the place they've been looking for. Halfway into the journey, they decide to camp for the night. Vash reveals she hasn't been completely truthful with him, which doesn't come as a surprise to Picard. Sovak indeed paid her for the disk and she used his money to reach Risa. Picard notices how a woman who beats a Ferengi at his own game bears watching. Vash states that this adventure is more suitable for Picard than the boring vacation he had originally planned. He does admit that he is enjoying this. After talking about how the two met and how they are similar they exchange a kiss. Vash asks if he still thinks she is trouble and he replies that she surely is.

The next day Vash and Picard arrive where the Tox Uthat is hidden. Due to the composition of the rock in the cave Vash can't get a good reading on her tricorder . Picard pulls two shovels out of his pack and advises Vash to start digging. As they prepare to begin digging the Vorgons materialize on a ledge above the pit saying they just want to watch Picard discover the Uthat. Vash is furious that Picard didn't tell her about them. Immediately after that Sovak appears with a rifle. He followed Vash and Picard thanks to a half burned copy of the disk found in Vash's room. Sovak orders Picard and Vash to start digging.


The Tox Uthat inside a Horga'hn

Picard and Vash dig a large pit. Eventually, Picard throws down his shovel and gives up after it becomes apparent that there is nothing there. Vash notes that they should have found the Tox Uthat hours ago. It seems to Picard that the professor was wrong with his data, even if he did seem to have incontrovertible evidence. The Vorgons notice that this is very strange and they disappear. Sovak, panicked, hurries to dig himself as Picard and Vash exit the cave.

Upon returning to the resort, Vash tells Picard that she wants to be alone for some time. Picard returns to his room and Riker contacts him. He advises the captain that the Enterprise is in orbit and ready to beam him back at his convenience. Picard asks him to wait a little while but stand ready to activate Transporter Code 14 . Riker asks Picard again for confirmation of code 14 and Picard sternly responds that Riker heard him correctly the first time.

Vorgons stun Vash

Boratus stuns Vash

Vash is about to leave when Picard calls to her from a table. She claims to be on her way to say goodbye to Picard. Picard asks where she's hidden the Tox Uthat. Picard tells her that if she really wanted to keep Sovak from finding the cave she would have completely destroyed the duplicate disk. He tells her she wanted Sovak to follow them to convince him that the Tox Uthat could not be found. In reality, she recovered the Tox Uthat as soon as she arrived on Risa. Vash concedes that this is true, and opens the head of a Horga'hn she's carrying to reveal a large gemstone. As Picard picks it up the Vorgons appear. Vash claims that the professor's notes stated that two Vorgons initially tried to steal the Tox Uthat. Picard asks the Vorgons to prove their identity, and one of them draws a pistol. Vash tries to take the Tox Uthat and the Vorgon stuns her. Picard then tells the Enterprise to initiate code 14 with a two-second delay, then drops the Tox Uthat and runs. The Tox Uthat explodes, and the Vorgons say that Picard's real destiny was to destroy it; a destiny he has now fulfilled. They transport away, and Picard seems to take care of Vash.

Act Five [ ]

Risa in 2366

The Enterprise orbits Risa

Picard prepares to leave the planet. Vash asks if there might be an available position for an archeologist on the Enterprise . Picard thinks for a moment, and then comments that he doesn't believe that life on a starship would suit Vash. Vash then says she next plans to explore ruins on Sarthong V, and Picard angrily reminds her what the inhabitants (Sarthongians) do to trespassers . She claims his outburst means that he does care about her, and they share a kiss. Picard says that since the Vorgons now know where and when to look for the Uthat they may have to meet and do this all over again.

Picard, now back in uniform, returns to the Enterprise 's bridge and is welcomed back by Riker, who informs him that the repairs have been made and that the ship is now in a splendid condition. Picard tells Riker he will extend his compliments to the crew and that they need to have a chat about the Horga'hn. Troi asks him whether he had a good time on Risa. Picard turns, thinks for a moment, smiles slightly and says "uh-huh." Riker grins and says "I knew he'd have a great time!".

Log entries [ ]

  • First officer's log, USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)

Memorable quotes [ ]

" Our captain needs a vacation. "

" So, have you decided where you're going yet? " " Yes, I have, Number One. Bridge! "

" The place is called Risa and believe me, captain, it is a paradise. Warm tropical breezes, exotic foods, nothing to do but sit around all day, enjoy the quiet and then… " (Together) " the women. "

" Have I mentioned how 'imaginative' the Risian women are, captain? " " Too often, commander. "

" The horga'hn' is the Risian symbol of sexuality. To own one is to call forth its powers. To display it is to announce you are seeking jamaharon . " " Riker. " " Do you seek jamaharon ? " " I don't even know what it means. "

" From the moment I met you, I knew you were going to be trouble. " " You look like a man who could handle trouble. "

" The more difficult the task, the sweeter the victory. "

" A simple handshake would have sufficed. "

" So! The betrayer is herself betrayed! "

" You're becoming quite annoying, Sovak. "

" Look, I don't mean to appear rude, but I am not seeking jamaharon . " " All right. But you really should try it some time. " " If I 'try it', it will be at a time of my own choosing. " " Fair enough. It's not like I was going to help you find it. "

" I prefer to be acquainted with the women that I kiss. "

" The horga'hn is for a friend. " " I see. Someone close to you. " " That's right. " " Someone you love. " " I wouldn't go that far. "

" What are your plans? " " Well I might explore the ruins on Sarthong V." " Oh! Unbelievable! You are, out of your mind! The Sarthongians are merciless to trespassers! "

" Was it a relaxing trip, captain? " (Picard stops and turns to face Troi with a smile) " Uh-huh. "

" I knew he'd have a great time. "

Background information [ ]

Production history [ ].

  • Final draft script: 21 January 1990 [1]
  • Premiere airdate: 2 April 1990
  • First UK airdate: 11 March 1992

Story and script [ ]

  • Although Ira Steven Behr had heretofore collaborated on " Yesterday's Enterprise " with the TNG writing staff, this episode represented his first opportunity to write an episode of the show himself. " When I finally got a script of my own to write, " he recalled, " I came up with this idea of this pleasure planet. " ( William Shatner Presents: Chaos on the Bridge )
  • The original version of the story, which Ira Steven Behr wrote with some input from Ronald D. Moore , was very different to the finished episode. Risa was only featured as a framing device, with Picard finding a sideshow attraction which showed visitors their greatest fears, and showed Picard a future in which he was now an admiral with a dull desk job, with Captain Riker now in charge of the Enterprise . While Michael Piller liked this idea, Gene Roddenberry vetoed it on the grounds that such fears about one's age and future were not in keeping with his ideal of 24th-century Humanity. However, Roddenberry did like the concept of Risa, and encouraged Behr to come up with another story that could use the location. Elements of the original storyline would later find their way into the following season 's " Future Imperfect ". ( TNG Season 3 Blu-ray , "Technological Distinctiveness" )
  • The storyline that this episode ultimately went with grew out of Patrick Stewart 's desire for more "sex and shooting" for Picard. ( Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion , 2nd ed., p. 121) Ira Steven Behr recollected, " Patrick kept saying that the trouble with the show is there's not enough f-ing and f-ing: fighting and fornicating. " ( William Shatner Presents: Chaos on the Bridge )
  • Michael Piller recalled, " Originally it was a Maltese Falcon kind of story where an old, rare thing had been lost and a bunch of people are looking for it on this island…It was originally a good script, but it could have been Magnum . Ron [Moore] was in here with the staff and said, 'Instead of it being from the past, couldn't it be from the future?' And I said, 'Which also means that the guys who are chasing it are from the future,' and that started putting a whole new spin on it. " ( Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages , pp. 194–195)
  • An early version of the script ended with a repeat of the opening scene in Act Two, implying that, eventually, the Vorgons will be successful in obtaining the device. ( Star Trek Chronology ,  ? ed., p. ? ) According to Piller, " We thought it was a little confusing and we cut it. It was sort of a Twilight Zone ending and it didn't quite work. " ( Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages , p. 195)
  • Patrick Stewart took credit for having thought up the idea of Vash. " I said I've got a feeling our audience might like to see the captain just getting blown away by meeting somebody new, " he stated. ( William Shatner Presents: Chaos on the Bridge ) According to Ira Steven Behr, using this episode to introduce the Vash character " was an attempt to bring in a ballsy woman who's not your typical Star Trek woman, a clear thinker both in terms of what she did in her own life and sex and the whole bit. " ( Captains' Logs Supplemental - The Unauthorized Guide to the New Trek Voyages , p. 17)
  • At first, the TNG writers were very excited by this episode, though the installment still had to be approved by Gene Roddenberry. " Rick [Berman] says, 'You've got to go in to see Gene', " Ira Steven Behr continued. " So I go in and he's very nice. " Despite liking the inclusion of the pleasure planet, something Roddenberry was keen to see in the episode, however, was copious amounts of erotic activity taking place in the background of the scenes set on Risa, particularly between same-sex partners. Remembered Behr, " He says, 'I like the idea of the pleasure planet and I want it to be a place where you see women fondling and kissing other women, and men hugging and holding hands and kissing, and we can imply that they're having sex in the background.' Huh, really?! " Behr was briefly flummoxed on how to politely tell Roddenberry that such scenes would never make it past network censors. " I'm going, 'Oh, man, I'm in the freakin' Twilight Zone .' I go back to Rick. He goes, 'Pft, pay no attention to that, just get the captain laid.' " ( William Shatner Presents: Chaos on the Bridge )

Production [ ]

Jerry Quist

Makeup Artist Jerry Quist working on pasties for the semi-nude actresses, with fellow make-up artist Doug Drexler taking his picture

  • This is the first episode directed by Chip Chalmers , one of the series' two rotating first assistant directors. He helmed several more Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes. Chalmers recalled that he suffered a severe fever during filming of the scenes on Risa on Paramount Stage 16 , and was confined to a cot. " We'd come out, rehearse, I'd muster up as much energy as I could while they were lighting, I would go lay down on my cot and pass out for 15 or 20 minutes while they set up. I'd go out, say action, shoot and we made it through those two days with everybody rallying around. " ( Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages , p. 195)
  • The large land mass visible in the planet view shown immediately before Picard beams down to Risa is Australia. Adelaide is situated in the middle of the bottom edge on the shores of the smaller of the two gulfs, and the nearby island is Kangaroo Island. The Gulf of Carpentaria appears next to the port side nacelle.

Cast and characters [ ]

  • Max Grodénchik later plays a more famous Ferengi – Rom in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine .
  • Deirdre Imershein later plays Watley in " Trials and Tribble-ations ", DS9's 30th anniversary tribute to Star Trek: The Original Series .
  • Jennifer Hetrick makes her first of three appearances as Vash. She appears again in TNG : " Qpid " and the Deep Space Nine episode, " Q-Less ".
  • Wil Wheaton ( Wesley Crusher ) and LeVar Burton ( Geordi La Forge ) do not appear in this episode. Brent Spiner ( Data ) appears but does not have any dialogue.

Continuity [ ]

  • Ira Steven Behr later wrote the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode " Let He Who Is Without Sin... ", in which Worf , Jadzia Dax , Quark , Julian Bashir and Leeta visit Risa. The script of the DS9 episode notes that Worf and Dax's room is to be similar to Picard's here. The script also tells the production staff to "please lose the ceiling fans", that were seen in this episode. [2]
  • This episode marks the second and final appearance of an Andorian in the series, the first having appeared in " The Offspring ", as one of Lal 's potential android forms. The Andorians' next appearance was in ENT : " The Andorian Incident " eleven years later.
  • Technology to stop all nuclear fusion within a star would later be developed by Tolian Soran in Star Trek Generations .

Reception [ ]

  • Director Chip Chalmers remarked, " 'Captain's Holiday' is one of my favorites because it was the first. This episode was also terrific because Patrick is such a wonderful actor. The other thing for me is that I got a wonderful actress, Jennifer Hetrick, and we had such a good time working on the show…I can look back at that show and smile for a lot of reasons, but certainly the happiest result is that we proved Patrick Stewart is extremely funny. " ( Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages , p. 195)
  • Guest star Jennifer Hetrick commented, " It seemed like a Romancing the Stone / Raiders of the Lost Ark -type story. I did use that as an example, but not specifically for my character. I just used my own imagination and what I know of myself and found her very adventurous and conniving to a degree, but also vulnerable and committed. I loved the Ferengi, Sovak. I was spared the make-up fortunately. When I saw what everyone else had to go through, I was thrilled. Thank God, I was Human. " ( Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages , p. 195)
  • A mission report for this episode by Patrick Daniel O'Neill was published in The Official Star Trek: The Next Generation Magazine  issue 13 , p. 59–61.

Apocrypha [ ]

  • Miles O'Brien mentions this incident in the novel Inferno after the universe is destroyed in 2400 as a result of the Bajoran wormhole meeting and consuming a red wormhole created by the Pah-wraiths , citing Picard's encounter with time travellers from the 27th century as a means of proving to his current 'crew' – consisting of Quark, Rom, Odo and Garak – that it is possible for them to change history so that timelines where the universe didn't end in 2400 come into existence.

Video and DVD releases [ ]

  • Original UK VHS release (two-episode tapes, CIC Video ): Volume 34, 20 January 1992 .
  • UK re-release (three-episode tapes, Paramount Home Entertainment ): Volume 3.7, 4 September 2000 .
  • As part of the TNG Season 3 DVD collection.
  • As part of the Region 2 release of the Star Trek: The Next Generation - Jean-Luc Picard Collection .
  • As part of the TNG Season 3 Blu-ray collection.

Links and references [ ]

Starring [ ].

  • Patrick Stewart as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
  • Jonathan Frakes as Commander William Riker

Also starring [ ]

  • Michael Dorn as Lieutenant Worf
  • Gates McFadden as Dr. Beverly Crusher
  • Marina Sirtis as Counselor Deanna Troi
  • Brent Spiner as Lt. Commander Data

Guest stars [ ]

  • Jennifer Hetrick as Vash
  • Karen Landry as Ajur
  • Michael Champion as Boratus
  • Max Grodenchik as Sovak

Co-star [ ]

  • Deirdre Imershein as Joval

Uncredited co-stars [ ]

  • Jeremy Doyle as operations ensign
  • Kristina Kochoff as Andorian on Risa
  • Tim McCormack as Bennett
  • John Patrick as Risian employee
  • John Rice as science division officer
  • Eleven Human tourists
  • Female operations division officer
  • Female Risian computer voice
  • Four Risian employees
  • Science division officer
  • Security officer
  • Vulcan woman

Stand-ins [ ]

  • Jeffrey Deacon – stand-in for Patrick Stewart
  • Nora Leonhardt – stand-in for Marina Sirtis
  • Tim McCormack – stand-in for Brent Spiner
  • Lorine Mendell – stand-in for Gates McFadden

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External links [ ]

  • " Captain's Holiday " at Memory Beta , the wiki for licensed Star Trek works
  • " Captain's Holiday " at Wikipedia
  • " Captain's Holiday " at , a Roddenberry Star Trek podcast
  • "Captain's Holiday" script  at Star Trek Minutiae
  • " Captain's Holiday " at the Internet Movie Database
  • 1 Daniels (Crewman)

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Stardate: 43745.2 While on vacation on Risa, Captain Picard encounters two Vorgons from the 27th Century who claim they are searching for a powerful weapon hidden somewhere on the planet.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation

“Captain's Holiday”

1.5 stars.

Air date: 4/2/1990 Written by Ira Steven Behr Directed by Chip Chalmers

Review by Jamahl Epsicokhan

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The crew of the Enterprise badgers an overworked Captain Picard until he grudgingly agrees to take a week of vacation on tropical resort planet Risa. Once there, he finds himself in the middle of a ludicrous sci-fi/archaeological/time-travel plot, a hopelessly clichéd romance with Vash (Jennifer Hetrick), and run-ins with an exceptionally annoying Ferengi named Sovak (Max Grodenchik in full moron mode, clearly in an early audition for Rom). I say Picard's time would've been better spent playing Dixon Hill in the holodeck.

Ira Steven Behr, in his first solo TNG script, plays the Ferengi card. If Ron Moore's future as "the Klingon guy" was sealed after his first script, then perhaps Behr's fate as "the Ferengi guy" is sealed here. Behr's obsession with Ferenginar is well documented, and would continue for the rest of the decade, especially on DS9 .

The weak and boring "Captain's Holiday" can't release itself from its sci-fi machinations long enough to be a fun romp. Meanwhile, the sci-fi machinations are too perfunctory (and absurd) to be taken the least bit seriously on their own. The result is a constant compromise where nothing has any conviction, least of all the by-the-numbers romance between Picard and Vash (who is not without her appeal). It's a wasted opportunity. We want to enjoy seeing the lighter side of Picard, but not when he's buried in an idiotic plot with such stolid execution. Everyone's chasing the "Tox Uthat" (which can stop nuclear fusion in a star, no less), including a couple of time-traveling Vogons from the 27th century. For much of the episode, Picard takes the Vogons at their word — probably a bad idea involving any invention that can kill a solar system. If this sounds like a lame Indiana Jones wannabe, that's because it is.

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86 comments on this post, moacir schmidt.

This is, probably, the worst TNG episode of all seasons....

Worse than "Genesis" or "Cost of Living"? That's hard to fathom. I would much rather watch this episode than those two I mentioned. I agree with Jammer in this case, 2/4 stars. Not particularly good, but not particularly bad either.

All the criticism in the review is accurate. However I still love this episode because of the dynamic between Picard and Vash. Romances in TNG usually make me cringe, this one makes me laugh and cheer. Stewart and Hetrick have such great chemistry the cliches don't bother me in the slightest. They don't try to make the relationship more than it is, and the actors sell what's there entirely. I enjoyed it the first time I saw it back in 1990 and still enjoy it 23 years later. Obviously the episode could have been far better. But, it could have been far worse. Better to let the perfunctory plot be perfunctory than for an overly ambitious plot to thwart the Picard/Vash relationship.

Jammer is presumably joking when he says that a Dixon Hill adventure would have been preferable, but what struck me on a rewatch is that while clearly an Indiana Jones archaeology adventure, the episode also owes something to detective stories (though that is mostly because those genres overlap anyway). The MacGuffin of the episode, the Tox Utat, functions pretty closely to the Maltese Falcon in the eponymous book/movie. Spoilers for The Maltese Falcon follow this point: In particular, Sovak's fit upon discovering that the Utat wasn't at the proper site reminds me of Joel Cairo's (Peter Lorre in the famous Bogart movie version) similar panic when the search turns out to be for naught. Picard's going along with, at different points, Vash and the Vorgons when he seems intent on betraying them to do the Right Thing in the end is also very much what Spade does. And Picard pieces together the various clues in detective style. On that basis, it is neat that while Vash is cast as the femme fatale, and is a liar and a thief, she is not fully condemned the way Brigid is in The Maltese Falcon -- Picard interrupts her greedy ambitions but doesn't feel the need to send her away to jail; and nor does the story cast her as a murderer (though her professor's death looks awfully suspicious). This makes the episode a little more progressive in its femme fatale treatment, but also a little more toothless -- Vash simply doesn't come across as dangerous enough to get the spark of forbidden chemistry between the two leads that is sort of required for the episode to work. They are not funny enough as a romantic comedy bickering couple, they don't have enough warmth to seem like a potentially functional couple, and that lack of edge makes the thrilling experience of a wrong pairing mostly inert. At least it should be said that the episode's conception does, at least hopefully, combine enough of Picard's actual interests (archaeology, detectiving, brunettes) to seem like it's an adventure well suited to him. But as with the Picard/Vash pairing, the action scenes are pretty dull and the mystery is not written with enough depth to make the resolution feel earned, especially with the Vorgons. The most fun part of the episode is the opening scenes on the ship with the crew conspiring to send Picard away -- and unfortunately those are over pretty quickly. 1.5 stars sounds right for an episode which is not particularly bad for the most part, but fails to achieve most of its objectives.

I didn't hate this episode from my childhood viewings, but one thing that does strike me is the ending where Vash says "you aren't just going to hand it over, are you?" Picard sounds very much like a bumbling fool speaking to the Vorgons from that point forward, and it's very out of character. I also found the transporter code 14 thing to be an extremely unnecessary technobable way to destroy the Uthat which only goes to create a plot hole as to why Code 14 is never used again to destroy things remotely.

Bad episode, nice visuals (Picard in those speedos and bathrobes!!). I'm still not convinced Royale wasn't worse, I would have to watch it again to make sure - nah, still so much good stuff to watch!

Vash is hot. Only saving grace for this detritus.

Maybe I'm the only person with gall enough to point this out, but about the 'Horga-hn', the pronunciation sounds exactly like the opposite of what it's actually used for, lol.

I personally stopped enjoying this episode as soon as the Ferengi showed up. The only slightly funny moment was when Troi suggested her mother was going to come and visit, and the way Picard shook Vash's hand when she introduced herself. That was a really good moment of acting on Stewart's part. The rest was just so boring I couldn't watch it.

Garth Simmons

I'm shocked by these reviews. I'm fairly new to Star Trek, currently watching all of TNG and it's spin offs in transmission order, currently up to season 5... Anyway don't understand the universal hate for this episode, it's one of my favourites. It's good fun campy space adventure and great to see a comedy episode focused on Picard.

Last episode I watched was Cost of Living.... Noticed that people hate that one too whilst I thought it was hilarious. Subjective opinion is so fascinating.

I enjoyed it too Garth. It's a lot of fun. To each his own I guess.

Well, this ranks pretty low on my list, it'd be the worst episode of Season 3 if it didn't have a Lwaxana Troi's one coming up soon. My main gripe with the episode itself is that doesn't play to (what I think) are TNG's best aspects. First, there's no ensemble. As soon as the plot begins there's only Picard dealing with a bunch of random guest actors. There are many episodes that focus on one character in particular, but they always have the rest of the main cast around. And then, this is not an exploration of humanity and drama, it's just a random adventure (very random) with a weird feeling of being a rip-off of something else. For Jammer it feels like Indiana Jones, for William B is the Maltese Falcon (which, btw, is one of the original ideas of the script writers for this particular show, according to Memory Alpha!). And I even felt a bit of James Bond stuff going on, what with the "hot chick" of the week that Picard meets and sleeps with. She even plays a bit of both types of Bond Girl, the good girl and the bad. All in all, the episode didn't work for me. I can have lots of fun with an episode like "The Arsenal of Freedom", but with this one I was bored.

I was also surprised to see all the hate for this episode. I liked it. It's obviously lighter in tone. Jennifer Hetrick was pretty good as Vash. I thought that the episode followed a James Bond pattern, though Picard is a bit too cold to play a good James Bond. It was interesting to see Picard get romantically involved with someone. I thought that would never happen! They even slept in the same bed (or blanket thrown on fake rock floor, whatever). It's also one of the first episodes to shape the Ferengi and bring them closer to what they will become in DS9. I'm not surprised that Behr wrote this. It's also the first episode with Rom's actor! Overall, I thought that it was a fun episode. Sure, it's cheesy and full of cliches, but it shouldn't be taken too seriously.

I love this episode. It's fluffy sure, but it's lighthearted and light on it's feet which makes for a nice change of pace. I enjoyed the easy manner in which Riker tries to convince Picard to go and the surprise when the statue is revealed to be something other than Picard was lead to believe. I'm also amused by the way Picard rejects the impossibly beautiful Risian girl so he can have more time with his book only to have that immediately undone by an even more impossibly beautiful woman (Vash) who refuses to be dissuaded by Picard's rejection of her advances (at the start anyways). All in good fun. Nothing more, nothing less. This is all about getting the Captain laid. And laid he got :)

Considering I think Patrick Stewart could be compelling reading a phone book in an empty room I'd have to say that while this was not Indiana Jones, nor Star Trek's finest hour it was fun... which I think is all it was meant to be.

I agree with the review, mostly. There are funny moments between Picard and his overly helpful crew. Vash and the Risan women are beautiful. Picard and Vash are great together. The plot had some serious issues, all of which I think could be fixed by removing the Vorgons. Every scene with them made me cringe. And Star Trek in general uses time travel as a crutch way too often. It would have been easy to construct a similar treasure hunt story without involving creepy useless future people. Finally, my favorite line is when the Risan hostess asks about the horg'an, and asks if he got it for 'someone you love,' and Picard says, 'I wouldn't go that far.' :)

Vash is HOT. Maybe even the sexiest female ever in TNG.

Jack O, by vote goes for Ensign Robin Lefler and Kamala!!! :)

I was amused by Picard's petulant attempts to keep reading a book poolside while being distracted by scantily clad women (who are in turn distracted by a scantily clad Picard). Stewart and Hetrick have good chemistry and I'm not going to complain about an episode where Stewart gets some. Sure it's silly, but it's fun, there's some eye candy, and I think there are several other worse TNG episodes.

While the episode does fall flat in many ways, the adventure isn't particularly engaging, there is a lot to like. In particular I like the contrast with the skirt chasing "teach you about love" Kirk (and to a lesser extent Riker) that shows the more cerebral Picard who wants a psychological connection with a woman. Another contrast is the (requisite) whirlwind romances in other STNG episodes which aren't at all believeable, but Patrick Stewart pulls this one off handily. Vash is a great match for the captain, smart and saucy and a bit of a criminal (but not in her own mind) Jammer's review should get an extra star for the Picard character development.

I don't understand all the hate this episode gets. I also don't understand all the love it gets either. For me, this is an almost perfect example of a run-of-the-mill average episode. It's got its good and its bad. Vash is a wonderfully enjoyable character whose free-spiritedness is a nice match for the rather stuffy Picard. But Sovak is bad. It really is unnerving to see guys like Max Grodenchik and Armin Shimerman playing these horrible early Ferengi characters, especially given what they will deliver later on DS9. But at least Behr doesn't offer up his usual misconceptions of what capitalism is this time, so that's a plus! The idea of dropping a character into an Indiana Jones style adventure has promise (mostly due to the fact that TNG hasn't really had any true light-hearted adventure episodes yet). But having Picard of all characters be the one in the adventure just makes no sense. Now, if this were Kirk, he would fit right into a little Indiana-Jones-esque story. Riker would be the one most naturally suited for this episode (maybe Data, but even that's pushing it). Picard just isn't a relatable enough character for it to work. He's a very admirable character, even a genuinely likeable one. But he's someone you're meant to look up to, not someone you can legitimately picture yourself being. He's too much of an idealized version of a person for that. Other Trek captains like Kirk and Archer are more designed to be seen at the same level as the viewer, in my opinion. Hell, even Sisko and Janeway are in some ways meant that way. I just can't see Picard having the time of his life while getting into fist-fights with Ferengi and running around with maps to buried treasure. This is a guy who brings James Joyce's "Ulysses" on his vacation for crying out loud! I suppose I can appreciate that they tried to show the lighter side of the captain, especially after the previous episode seemed to go out of its way to show what a bore his was. But this is just too jarring. But hey, at least they finally let him get laid, so that's another plus! Now, let's talk about Risa, shall we? The idea of a completely sexually uninhibited society is a good concept (in a kind of turn your brain off and enjoy the silliness way). However, it completely falls apart once any thought is put into it (as later Risa episodes will amply showcase). "Captain's Holiday," however, uses Risa perfectly. It's there to set up some gags (which are somewhat funny) and that's it. The episode knows enough to not dwell on the absurdity of the concept. As such, this is easily the best Risa episode. 5/10

I have a particular loathing for this episode. It always pisses me off when Troi, supposedly a trained counselor, says and does absolutely terrible things because the writers don't understand psychology. Picard's idea of a relaxing vacation is to visit an interesting conference of some sort of another; but Troi, apparently thinking she knows better than Picard himself, forces him to visit some resort he hates. Worse, Riker sets him up for unsolicited sexual advances, and Troi goes along with it. And the normative voice is on Troi and Riker's side! What a pile.

Diamond Dave

Not a classic by any means, but as a fairly lightweight episode this is fun enough. And we get to see Picard toss a weapon from right to left and then punch out a Ferengi, and what's not to love about that? There's plenty of fun too with the crew setting the increasingly exasperated Picard for a holiday, and again over his confusion regarding the Horga'hn and jamaharon. The scheming and amoral Vash adds some spice, and of course Picard gets his oats, which is noteworthy enough. On the downside the time-travelling Vorgons don't make a lot of sense and the broader plot is a sub-Indiana Jones romp. But it's palatable enough for me - 2.5 stars.

Contrary to most reviews here, I very much enjoyed this episode as the light romp that it was. And am I the only one who understood that the single overpoweringly redeeming feature of the episode can be summed up in 2 words? Jennifer. Hetrick. I know we're all basically geeks on this site, but have we forgotten what an amaziingly hot 90's chick she was? I think a little lightening up is in order...

Did anyone else think it was pretty irresponsible for Picard to throw a weapon in to the bushes where anyone, including a kid, could find it? Surprised they would have written that in, although I guess when this episode came out, kids accidentally shooting people with unlocked guns wasn't as prominent in the news as it is today!

To answer your question right away, romemmy: yes, someone else thought so. Of course, does anyone else think it would be pretty irresponsible to bring a child to Risa?

This is a classic, sorry. A TNG character having fun with a woman as opposed to some Oedipal contrivance? Priceless. It help that I knew a gal like Vash when I was a young man back in the late 80s, and life was much more fun knowing her.

Haterz be haterz. I really enjoyed this episode! It is ligt, Vash and Picard are great and lots of Rikers grins. Plus: no Wesley Crusher. That alone qualifies for one extra star!

Way too many people moaning about this one. It was a bit of campy fun, a chance for Stewart to do something different and a great relationship formed between Picard and Vash. Seems some people are taking this WAY too seriously - 2.5 stars


Heya Everyone Yeah, I also like this episode and always have. It was light, with a little bit of mystery, a little bit of fun and a little bit of romance. Now, don't get me wrong, it's not great, but I always enjoy it. And, upon re-watches, it doesn't have any "Oh, I hate the scene coming up" moments in it for me. Sometimes I like light and fluffy. :D Have a great day all... RT

I love it. Let me count the ways. First: it's unique. How many plots are "Race the clock! The ship's in jeopardy!" (Or permutations: it's a crew member in jeopardy, or an alien civilization in jeopardy, etc.). How many episodes are Diplomatic Troubles with Argumentative and Sketchy Aliens. How many more are Medical Crisis of the Month. There's nothing wrong with those - in fact I mostly like them, because I mostly like TNG . But thank goodness for the refreshingly one-of-a-kind plots: this one, Face of the Enemy, Chain of Command, etc. Second: It's a fun character study for Picard. For once he's not captaining or diplomatting. You might argue that he'd never go to Rysa or get in trouble; oh no - he'd go to a conference about the Tox Utat, which would be held someplace very dull, and then he'd go to a library to study old maps looking for clues to its whereabouts. Yeah, I'm really glad they didn't make me watch an hour of *that* Captain's Holiday. Third: it's fun, it's funny, it's cute. C'mon. There's joking and bickering and hijinks and Picard being kind of snarky. Fourth: Vash. Here's a pop quiz: How many episodes up to this point have featured a major female guest star? (That is, one who isn't part of an ensemble group of aliens or scientists or visiting dignitaries. One who stands out as memorable and individual.) Geek alert! I already checked. In season one, there's "We'll Always Have Paris." It's about brilliant Professor Mannheim. Brilliant Mannheim has a wifey. She once dated Picard. Wifey; ex-girlfriend. That's what she is. That's why she exists. Season two: We meet the assistant to Ira Graves. Like Mrs Mannheim she's the devoted sidekick to a brilliant man. She talks about the brilliant man a lot. She's a love interest. She calls for help and looks moonily out of windows. There's also a royal girl (The Dauphin) who exists to be a crush for Wesley. There's an alien girl (Pen Pal) who's about eight. There's Lwaxana Troi, unfortunately. And there's Kehylahr. Season three: There's.... none. Yes. Until Captain's Holiday, there are no female guest stars who matter. Here are the major male guest stars: Season one: Q. Traveler. Q. Lore. The Betazoid love interest in Haven. The old mediator who takes youth serum in "Too short a season." Remmick investigating the crew. Remmick, second time around. Brilliant Professor Mannheim, who's got the aforementioned wifey doting so very very hard at his side. Season two. The roguish Okona. The deaf mediator. The brilliant and hilarious scientist Ira Graves, who lives on Graves's Moon and chases skirts. There's Riker's dad. And there's Q again. Season three: Q again. That orphan boy (The Bonding). A Romulan who kidnaps Geordi. A sketchy mediator who has a love affair with Troi. The noble and tragic Romulan defector. The hopped-up super-soldier who longs to go home. Now set aside all the children, all the passive sidekicks, and all the sappy people who exist only as love interests. On the male side, what's left is at least eighteen episodes with strong male guests who are independent and interesting and have jobs and do stuff. And on the female side.... there's Kehylar. (Since we're talking about guest stars here, I'm leaving out the alien-ensemble shows. Some (Justice, When the Bough Breaks, Angel One, Code of Honor) have males and females mixed. But all the Klingon shows and all the Ferengi shows are male-only. So let's leave those out because eighteen to one is bad enough.) So: In over two and half seasons, we've seen one female guest character who was independent and, yknow, actually did stuff. Sometimes I wonder: if you're a guy who watched as a kid, did you imagine yourself in the shoes of Picard or Riker or Wesley, or maybe the damaged super-soldier or the noble Romulan defector or the bright but awkward Barclay? I did that. I slid myself into roles all the time, but I did it in secret. Secretly, I was the twin sister of Airwolf's morose, cello-playing pilot, and we flew missions together and saved each other from evil nemeses. I was, unbenownst to all, the secret fifth member of the A-Team; I was really good at building stuff during the musical montages. I was also Indiana Jones's best friend and wingman (wingwoman?) - good with ropes and knife-fights and foreign languages and the occasional seduction of dangerous but worthy men in exotic lands. (I certainly wasn't the girl love interest who's only involved because her father was the hero's mentor, and she's the hero's bitter dumped never-gonna-get-over-it ex-gf. What a humiliating and submissive backstory.) I was a teenager when the TNG pilot aired. I didn't watch much TV and I liked action not scifi - but I made a point of staying home to watch it. Guess why! I'd read an article about the characters and I'd seen a photo of the crew. The chief of security was a sexy but boyish female. That sounded like a job that required muscle and action. Tasha Yar was also a survivor of a vaguely abusive childhood. Tasha Yar was going to be the female character I'd been waiting for all my life. I just knew she'd be some combo of tough, physical, flawed, commanding, vulnerable, kick-ass. She'd be a beloved member of a heroic crew. And I was going to watch every damn minute of her. Yeah, well. They invented a character I could have loved. Then they made her cry and get kidnapped and have a staged catfight and get ogled by Ferengi. Then they pushed her into the background. Then they killed her off. Thanks for that. I kept watching, because even though simpering Troi and boring Beverley and saintly Wesley drove me nuts, I liked everybody else: the ones who did stuff, solved problems, were daring, saved the day in the nick of time. The guys. I liked them. But after a year and a half, I saw myself once: in Keylahr. And after waiting another year, I saw myself once again: in Vash. It was probably another year before I saw myself a third time: in Ensign Ro. So, what do I think of Captain's Holiday? It's great, because it showed me something I desperately wanted to see. Something rarer in film or TV at that time, than the Tox Utat.

@Tara, while there are a dearth of important female guest stars, I would put Lal from s3 as one of the most memorable one-episode characters in the series.

...which isn't to say you have to like her. But certainly, she is a guest star who matters, in an episode beloved by many fans (see Peter G.'s excellent recent comment), and while partly a way to tell a story about Data, Picardy and the Federation, I think she is memorable and poignant in her own right.

Of course, one could read Lal as a "weak" character. I suppose we could say that it is sexism storytelling that she essentially dies by having too many feelings. I don't want to argue against whathe you say in general. But I feel like many fans of both genders identify readily with Lal, especially as children, but also as adults who still bravely face a world they are unprepared for, which, more importantly, is not ready for them. (I am including myself here, while male.) The other guest stars in s3 which are significant also Tasha again and captain Garret in Yesterday's Enterprise, Shelby who is very important in the finale and is meant to be Riker's rival and near-equivalent. They are action heroes, stars in some of the series' most beloved episodes. The other important female guest stars, I will grant, are love interests, and not very well developed ones (the woman in the Ensigns of Command who falls for Data, the hologram of Leah Brahms, Yuta, etc.).

william b, You're right that I did miss Lal. I forgot about her. But I also said that i was crossing off all the children. Children aren't independent actors. Lal wasn't independent. She made no decisions for herself. She existed to follow Data around, adore him, emote, die and tug at our heartstrings. It was Data who made all the decisions - to create her, to let her go. You're also right that I left off Yar and Garrett. I explained that too. I left off the guests who were part of ensemble casts. I left off Yar's love interest, and Yuta, and everyone on Yuta's planet, every Klingon, every Ferengi, the Home Soil scientists, etc. I really didn't want the job of combing through ensemble casts and deciding who gets included and who doesn't. Way too boring. But your comments miss my main point by a mile, in favor of nitpicking. I certainly did not set out to make an exhaustive list of every female and male guest star. I set out to show people - those of you who care to think about it - why Captain's Holiday is so important to me. (Clearly, no one else feels like I do - some love it, some hate it, but everyone who loves it calls it "a light romp." whereas to me it was way way better than that.) I've liked your comments many times in the past, so I'm going to assume your comments stem from missing my point innocently, and that you're not deliberately picking a nit because you're defensive about TNG's sexism. So, in good faith, here's the short version of my first post. tl:dr: Growing up, I was strong and adventurous. While I loved action and adventure on TV and in books and movies, I was constantly enraged by the female characters. At best they were nonexistent. If they existed, they were never equal to the males. They were narrow stereotypes: they mothered or preened or worried; they were noble princesses or got rescued or played the obedient sidekick or the devoted wife. They were never the hero. They bedded the hero and married him, though, if they were lucky. I thought TNG was going to be different. It wasn't. The vast majority of episodes showed interesting, strong males doing things I loved - fighting, fixing stuff, leading away teams, taking risks, making command decisions, often being vulnerable and flawed as well. When females showed up, they were mostly just there to say "Captain, I sense great pain!" and "My husband is a brilliant man" and, "Um, is that the same thing as a cosmic string?" and "He's my patient and I must stand around in Sickbay waving a wand over him to protect him," and "Sniffle, I'm crying - I'm crying on the bridge!" They completely failed to ever fight, fix stuff, lead awayteams, take risks, or make command decisions. (They all had children, though. They all found time for that. ) So TNG constantly insulted me and rubbed salt in my feminist wounds. However: the Keylahr ep, the Vash ep, and the Ensign Ro ep were three hours that filled me with joy. The featured independent women who were the focal point of their episodes, had strong opinions, did stuff, thought stuff, and were not on the show just to be someone's mother, caretaker, sidekick, follower, or girlfriend. Three is precious little, but it's better than zero. And when you're accustomed to zero, getting even three transient characters you love - in four years - feels great. And that's why I love Captain's Holiday. Make sense, this time? Please: no nitpicking in response :)

Tara, I'm surprised you forgot about Guinan. But then again she wasn't exactly a doer either - more a listener and dispenser of invaluable wisdom. Shelby was also a pretty big omission given her centrality to what was likely the high point of all Trek. But you'll get no argument from me in this department - the men definitely have the more action heavy, adventurous roles in Trek. Calling those roles "interesting", mind you, is a subjective judgement, but one I agree with generally. If I may offer a partial defence on that latter point - Trek for most of its history and certainly in the STNG days, was basically a male interest. Not exclusively, but mostly. What do you suppose the ratio of male to female is on this board? That being the case, there is a certain logic to emphasizing male characters for a male audience. If we were to take the number of "interesting" characters on STNG (Shelby, Yar, Garrett, Ro, Vash, Guinan) compared to the number of interesting male characters, would 20:1 be fair? Now how many male Trek fans do you suppose there were in 1987 relative to female fans? I'll make a supposition: that the ratio on the show gave female fans far more selection than their representation in the audience would have. My supposition also assumes that 100% of the female audience identified with the Vash or Shelby archetypes, and not the Crusher or Troy ones. And for that matter, I also am assuming that 100% wanted to see themselves in the role the way you describe. Anyway I think you're going to get your wish. Disney has clearly awakaned to the potential of a large female scifi audience and has clearly chosen to market its Star Wars property heavily to girls. They seem to be doing so with quite a powerful will. If that succeeds, others will definitely follow.

You can't talk about season 1's female guest stars and not mention Captain Phillipa Louvois, the JAG who oversaw the hearing in "The Measure of a Man". She has to be one of the best-written female guest stars in the franchise.

To clarify - in making my list, i only glanced through the episodes as far as "Captain's Holiday". I can't remember when Shelby came into the picture - as I remember it was later than that. Maybe BOBW? I didn't think of Guinan because she never had an episode of her own in those first two and half seasons. I liked her and Shelby both. With Shelby I got the feeling we were supposed to dislike her as either a Ambitious/Castrating Bitch (like Nurse Ratchet or Cersei) or an Obnoxious Female Know-It-All, (like early Hermione Granger and Margaret from Dennis the Menace). Those are both common tropes in which the uppity female is portrayed unsympathetically for her crime of seeking to get ahead of males. Usually she's hated both in-universe and out, and is set up to be defeated, humiliated, or softened into submissive niceness and sidekickery by the end. But the real reason Shelby didn't satisfy me the way Kehylar, Vash and Ro did is that the latter three carried their episodes: their shows were entirely about their characters, just like the Q shows, Lore shows, Too Short a Season, Outrageous Okona, The Hunted,, etc. Shelby was a great guest but the episode wasn't about her, as I remember. As for the audience - I don't know that you're right that it was twenty-to-one male. The hardcore crowd, yes: the kind who collect figurines and, heh, post on sites like this. But I can tell you that my mom watched it in reruns for years right along with "law and order" and the British comedies and MASH. All my female college friends watched it enough to know the characters and have animated discussions about the relative merits of Riker vs Picard or Beverley vs Pulaski. We weren't obsessed; we didn't make a point of catching every episode; but we knew it and we liked it. In fact, the first day I found myself dissecting a human cadaver, I found myself in a heated discussion about the uselessness of Tasha Yar.... with my two female dissection partners whom I'd met just a few days before. Good memories. Thanks for the discussion. I'm certainly glad times have changed... at least a little, and at least on TV.

I would agree with most of the posts on this topic. The dearth of female action stars is notable for sure. But I'd also call for the inclusion of Shelby. She felt like a proto-Ro/Kira sort of character. They made much of her being a female Riker. I often wonder what would have happened had they left Riker's promotion and given him a big send-off with his own ship in 4x03 (leaving their fates up in the air during "Family") and left Shelby as Picard's XO. As much as I like Riker, the thought is appealing.

okay, Chrome? Guys? Once again: this is nitpicking. "What about Minuet? What about that female Klingon that Riker serves with,the one who's sexually aggressive? What about those female cadets who fly alongside Wesley in "First Duty"? If you still don't want to understand my POV, I suspect it's deliberate. If you still don't understand why I loved Captain's Holiday, I'm gonna let it lie. No biggie. I just thought I'd open a few eyes to another perspective... one that's otherwise lacking on this site. Best wishes.

I had the same reaction to Shelby as I did to Capt. Jelico in Chain of Command: You hate them at first because they bust in a disrupt the nice little thing TNG has going on, but in the end you see them as not be quite so bad and learn to appreciate them.

Tara, I'm not disagreeing with your point, I'm just suggesting that you left out one of the best characters of the first season. And no, a Judge Advocate General is not comparable to a holo-bimbo.

@Tara, I was worried I would come across as nitpicking and point-missing. I tried to indicate that I agree with you overall on the dearth of female guest stars. I also missed that you said that you weren't including children -- which is obviously my fault. I *agree* with the point of your post, and I should have said that. I am normally worrier, obviously, but am on my tablet and took some shortcuts. I just thought, having missed your statement that you weren't including children, that Lal was a major character -- as much so as, for example, The Dauphin, or Janice Manheim. I agree that she doesn't model an independent woman, and that she doesn't fit with Vash, K'Ehleyr and Ro. Unlike The Dauphin and Janice, say, I think she's a great character -- so I wanted to bring her up, to "defend" Lal herself as a character of value, even if her value is very different than that of Vash, K'Ehleyr and Ro. I shouldn't have butted in though and I agree wholeheartedly with your point.

I'm sorry to have obscured your point.

More to the point about whether there are other good female guest stars, it's pretty clear to me that Vash stands apart from the others if for no other reason that she can stand up to Picard as an equal, which practically no other person in the entire series can claim to do. She not only stars in an adventure episode, but in a capacity where she's the one calling the shots. Her not being in Starfleet emphasizes this all the more, since she also stands out as not having to conform to Federation law (something restricting the comportment of most other guest stars). For me, personally, when inspecting how good a role is for an actress, I tend to think of it in terms of how much there is to chew on in the role. Vash was definitely a prime vehicle for an actress, and on these grounds I would put Lal in this group, as that was an excellent role to portray (whether or not she 'counts' as a child). But yeah, there aren't too many roles like this in TNG, where a guest actress gets to play a kick-ass part that's central to the episode.

@Peter G. In that sense, it's a shame Denise Crosby didn't stay around past the first season. If viewers can look back at the early seasons of TNG and pass over Yar, it looks like an important role the producers intended to include is lacking.

Tara I was actually looking through Google to see if I could locate a stat detailing the ratio of male to female Trek fans and I had alot of trouble finding one. One article did mention a 50/50 ratio a while back, which I find amazing.

Sorry just to clarify the 50/50 ratio was at a single convention.

@Tara - I actually don't think anybody is disagreeing, but I'm not sure they nit-picking either. Me saying "What about Shelby?" isn't quite the same as saying "What about that female Klingon that Riker serves with." Shelby is, to me, top 5 in like "all of Star Trek" for single episode guest stars as far as memorability goes. She made her mark. That's all! I think other people are just offering up some of their own favorites to spark discussion. I don't think anybody is disagreeing with your post though. And you did answer the Shelby question, which I missed. You are correct that she isn't the focus of the episode... more like the second half of the B plot (the A plot being the Borg of course and the B plot being Riker's career). I actually didn't see her as an Ambitious/Castrating Bitch... her qualities are quite similar to what we know of young Riker/Picard. People who want to be in the top of Starfleet are ambitious. The fact that sometimes what comes off on men as assertive comes off on women as "bossy" is ridiculous, and I always felt that Riker taking her that way and Picard setting him straight was actually really feminist and really positive. PICARD: Good. You've covered all the bases. What's your impression of Shelby? RIKER: She knows her stuff. PICARD: She has your full confidence? RIKER: Well, I think she needs supervision. She takes the initiative a little too easily. Sometimes with risks. PICARD: Sounds a little like a young lieutenant commander I once recruited as a first officer. ... RIKER: The Captain says Shelby reminds him of the way I used to be. And he's right. She comes in here full of drive and ambition. Impatient, taking risks. I look at her and I wonder whatever happened to those things in me? I liked those things about me. I've lost something. TROI: You mean you're older, more experienced. A little more seasoned. RIKER: Seasoned. That's a horrible thing to say to a man. ... RIKER: And you have a lot to learn, Commander. SHELBY: Yes, sir. RIKER: Almost as much as I had to learn when I came aboard as Captain Picard's first officer. A fact he reminded me of when I commented on what a pain in the neck you are. As somebody that hates the whole "women are bossy/men are leaders" thing... I just always loved the way Riker comes around to her. But back to your point... Shelby was there to a) provide Borg exposition and b) serve Riker's career story. So while I personally found her an awesome kickass female XO... she was not the focus of a story on her own. She's there to teach Riker a lesson. You are right. Ro, on the other hand, is her own story entirely. And in a lot of ways Vash is too (despite the romantic pairing with the Captain). Although since you mentioned the female pilots from First Duty I will say that Sito Jaxa, who ends up in Lower Decks, is also an awesome female character IMHO. Shame they often needed to make women alien to make them really strong (Kira/Ro/Sito/Dax/K'Ehleyr).

To prove your point picking through a random season's important guest stars though.... Season 2 1. The titular child is a boy 2. Nagilum presents as male to me, though gender is probably irrelevant 3. Moriarty 4. Okona 5. Riva 6. Ira Graves (like you, I'm not going to count his assistant as a shining example of a female guest star) 7. Many guest stars, but Riker's main Klingon adversary and the Benzite are male 8. JAG Louvois - I, like Chrome, would count her. She presents as an equal to Picard. And the "villian" of the piece is a male cybernetics expert. But that means it took me 8 episodes to find ONE decent female guest star. And in that same time I arguable found 8 or 9 males ones. Us saying - "Hey, you missed one we liked!" is hardly an attempt to disprove your overall point. And the fact is that you were talking about your experiences and who you related to. You may not have related to Louvois... and that's totally fine. Some people were just chiming in with their own experiences/impressions.

Okay, it's all good. I appreciate the conversation. Del-Duio, my mother and I argued about Jellico when we saw the episode together in reruns. I liked him from moment one and thought he was a strong, take-charge guy perfectly within his rights, and that Riker/crew needed to quit whining and obey and do their jobs. My mother thought he was a bad leader for throwing the crew into chaos and putting everyone on edge. It's an interesting debate. Shelby was the same kind of character: you could make a case for admiring her or criticizing her. *** Observation: Since there are so few feisty female leaders in TV/movies - and those that exist sometimes get shot down for sexist reasons (too ambitious! not pretty enough! sleeps around!) - I'm always inclined to defend the few we have. When you talk about a male character, it's like describing a jellybean that you ate from a massive barrel of hundreds of thousands of Male Character Jellybeans that come in every color and flavor. If you say "I hate that bitter-lemon kind with the pink dots and the bumpy exterior", it's understood that you're not condemning the whole barrel. But over in the Jellybean Barrel of Female Characters, there's like, three hundred jellybeans - and two hundred ninety seven of them are Sweet Vanilla Flavor. So if you criticize the rare Hot Cinnamon or Bitter Chocolate or Stinging Citrus, it always sounds like you're saying, 'Ugh, I can't stand a female who isn't Sweet Vanilla.' As the jellybean barrel of female characters gets more flavors in it - which it is, slowly - this problem shrinks away. Same, incidentally, for female politicians. The more there are, the more they can be and will be judged/treated/insulted/accepted on the same basis as the rest of the good and bad apples, and the less they'll be propped up or torn down for sex-based reasons. We can hope.

Interesting analogy. I've been called sexist for disliking Janeway (I actually LOVE early Janeway, but strongly dislike where they took the character) and have never understood the sexism charge (especially since Kira is my favorite Trek character and Jadzia/B'Elanna rank so highly on my list). But maybe it's just because there's only one Captain jellybean and if I don't like the way it tastes it implies more than it's worth.

Captain’s Holiday is not one of my favorite episodes. But I do understand and otherwise agree with Tara. While Crusher and Troi are among my favorite characters, many’s the time I cringed, shook my head or rolled my eyes at stuff that the writers made them say or do or, especially in Troi’s case, wear. And at the times where their presence was missing when it shouldn’t have been. Ironically ST is filled with good storytelling and strong characters. And yet even the best, most fun episodes often have problems with plot holes, consistency, technobabble, etc. But that’s part of what makes forums like this fun. I don’t have the figures, but I’m guessing that ST had a decent size female base, otherwise the Voyager captain probably would not have been female. Kudos to Jammer and all the contributors here for their insights.

A final word of credit where it's due: Now that I'm going through the third season one by one (I had jumped ahead to review CH because I love it so much I just couldn't wait), I do notice that the show has made a good change this year. Compared to seasons one and two, season three has way more females in minor or moderate roles that don't specifically require the character to have a vagina or boobs. For example, we have the sovereign on Yuta's planet and the anti-terrorist honcho on "High Ground." Seasons one and two suffered from the common illness called Nemo's Disease (I have also heard it called Smurf Syndrome and Tolkienism), in which males make up 99.4 percent of the population. Happily, season three TNG seems to be recovering from it's bout of Nemo's. I credit Pulaski with finding the cure before she left.

Moribund, neither comedy nor drama; Risa feels like it's about 4 people, given that all we see is a hotel room (the same one redressed for Picard and Vash), a generic Trek cave set, and a tacky sun lounger area that the camera never zooms very far out of (because it's obviously tiny and indoors.) There's no chemistry or credibility to Picard and Vash's flirtations. Hard to believe this is an Ira Behr episode. The only thing that redeems it is Patrick Stewart's chest hair.

Hey its the Vogons from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Oh well, it might have been fun if it was them but unfortunately we get to see Risa-where all those bimbos and lugs from Season 1's 'Justice'-where people 'make love at the drop of a hat'- seem to have wound up having still forgotten to get dressed before leaving their apartments. Patrick Stewart has a shiny speedo disaster and I hope he got a lot of stick on set for that ,manages to snog some floozies face off and almost seems to have had his head turned before sussing out her femme fatale plan in the last reel. Riker is at least consistently and relentlessly thinking with his trouser snake throughout his bits and he always has that pervy smile on his face when he does that. Not a great episode.

Jesus man, take your boots off before you get into bed!

I for one enjoyed the interaction between Vash and Picard. I also don't understand all the hate this one gets. I enjoyed it for what it is--a light-hearted episode about what could perhaps be the most deadly weapon ever invented (if that's possible--and I guess it is). 2 1/2 stars

Hey, when your star comes to you and says he's getting bored, you have to throw him a bone or two. That's what this episode was. Patrick Stewart went to Berman and Piller and asked for more to do that just sitting in his captain's chair and giving pompous speeches. So to service him, they let him slug a terrorist, act as Worf's second, and be his own evil twin and carouse in Ten Forward. While not the greatest story to spring from the writing room, it was fun as well as a nice change of pace. I enjoy seeing more of the Federation outside the drab starbases, scientific outposts, and colonies we usually get to visit. Plus it's nice to see someone other than Will Riker getting a chance for some good loving, lol.

Very good episode. Picard punches out a Ferengi on during his time of rest and relaxation on Riza. A fun time was held by all and of course, we meet Vash, a fun girl however you spell her. 3 stars

A highly flawed episode that, for me, can't figure out if it is a serious action/adventure or a light-hearted adventure or a comedic romance or something else. Picard never seemed to feel he's in real danger. Hetrick's a decent guest actress and Vash is an interesting character. The element of the 27th century Vogons was dumb and introduces a whole layer of questions / plot holes. Remove them and the episode becomes a tad more focused. Risa at first reminded me of the "Justice" episode and I can only shake my head at the existence of such a place. There must be a shady underbelly to it, but that's not the focus of the episode. I wish it would at least be acknowledged by somebody. So Picard has nothing to worry about going there? And then to make matters worse we get a TNG version of Rom. Just what you need to dampen an episode -- a Ferengi. The character is too stupid to take seriously. So the Indiana Jones style quest -- just a small part of the episode to get Picard/Vash doing something together. The artifact sounds powerful and valuable enough -- they should have made it something more believable and reasonable (and again, gotten rid of the Vogons). But this is all about Picard finding Vash and being interested in her -- she does provide a good foil for him. 1.5 stars for "Captain's Holiday" -- kind of a mess of an episode, ultimately comes off as silly but well-meaning in a somewhat feel-good kind of way. The typical vacation adventure episode where nothing too threatening or intelligent should happen. Pretty much a guaranteed sub-par episode given the premise.

Prince of Space

Hello, Garth Simmons! I know it’s going on 4.5 years since your comments, but I feel compelled to reply. I hope as you assumedly continued to watch Star Trek you never turned into the people that your comments back then were referring to. haha You see... it’s kind of a ‘thing’ in ST fandom to become hyper-critical, stodgy, self-aggrandizing and overall just kind of boorish. You can see it on any fansite you go to, there’s just a general vibe amongst many of the commenters that reeks of thinking perhaps their excrement does not have an odor as unsavory as the neophytes they are forced to endure. Their comments are gassy, overly long, unbelievably critical, and usually full of big words to emphasize the validity of their litany list of complaints. One could easily think they do not watch ST for pleasure, but rather to demonstrate their ability to dissect others’ work. Is this a great episode? Nah... it’s not. Is it fun and a bit goofy? Yeah. Does it deserve the ridiculous amounts of blathering critique from some commenters above? hahaha... of course it doesn’t. A lot of ST fans should repeat to themselves it’s just a show, they should really just relax. ;-)

@Prince of Space “Their comments are gassy, overly long, unbelievably critical, and usually full of big words to emphasize the validity of their litany list of complaints. One could easily think they do not watch ST for pleasure, but rather to demonstrate their ability to dissect others’ work. ” At least they’re commenting on the show instead of digging around the comment section of every episode and commenting only on the comments.

What does that have to do with the price of tea in the Beta Quadrant? Jammer does a pretty good job critiquing the episodes, I seldom feel the need to add much more. And I certainly never feel the need to bloviate at how most episodes don’t live up to my oh-so-exacting standards. That WAS what Garth Simmons was kind of referring to, or so I inferred. But I do appreciate your “At least they’re...” comment. You’re right, of course. I’m a complete chowderhead and openly admit it.

Cesar Gonzalez

That scene where Troi says her mom was coming is so funny. LOl


2.5 stars I don’t think this episode is bad. It’s pretty entertaining—a rather cool pleasure planet, riker trickier g Picard into carrying around the horgon and oicard’s rewction lol, vash is a fun character here, a sci fi mysteey, the vorgons are cool looking aliens, some double crossing, some adventure, some intrigue. The only weak parts for me was the vash picard “romance” which was thankfully briefly focused on in episode. The other weakness was the payoff with the uthat. I think something a little more creative and imaginative was in order than simply destroying the uthat

8/10 extra points for Vash. When I first saw this series 30 years ago, I didn't care for Vash. But now with life experience, I really appreciate the character. She is a fitting romantic interest for Picard with his scientific and historic interests. Compare her to Dr Crusher, how bland the latter. My wife wants extra points for Picard in his skimpy shorts and ridiculous (my input) relaxation outfits. I suspect said shorts will cause the scores from this mostly male board to be lowered. This was a jolly Indiana Jones style romp and we both enjoyed it.

Eh. An OK ep. Sorta boring. The lighthearted moments were good. Watching Picard try to relax was funny, there were some humorous lines and nice moments. Not a fan of Vosh. She's basically a dishonest person, no matter how you look at it, and I can't see the charm. It's the false charm, the fake bravado, of a grifter. I liked Picard much better with that lawyer . . . Phillipa. The technobabble and time travelers: Not Good. Onward.

I was adequately entertained, but I wouldn't watch it again. There's a lot wrong with this one. The fact that Picard being key to one of the pivotal moments of history is dealt with in such an unassuming way. The way that the archaeologist woman just calmly reveals the precious object to Picard near the end, and even hands it to him. Also, although this is just personal preference - the tedious sexual / romantic undertones. Oh yes, and the Ferengi never improve a TNG episode. The time travel aspect raises more issues than it's worth. That memory disk looks a bit like a mini CD ROM, doesn't it? Quite contemporary when this episode was made. Finally on a related note, and this isn't a serious criticism really, but - old books in the 23rd Century? I don't take them on holiday in the 21st, myself. Still - I enjoyed the eye candy.

Has there been any good episode that started out with people walking around half naked?

Pleasure Gelf

Vash is undoubtedly the most appealing lassie in all of ST:TNG. Ensign Ro is close in second place.

McCoy, Leonard McCoy

Easily one of the top worst episodes of Season 3. In fact I'd put it as the number one. There weren't many misses in season 3, but this is definitely one of them. It was slow paced, boring, cliched romance, annoying irritating ferengi (then again when aren't they) etc. Watch for completionist sake but skip if you've seen it already.

Jeffrey Jakucyk

I did not welcome the return of grumpy season 1 Picard in the teaser. His “hrmph” response to Riker’s congratulations is totally out of character at this point. Sovak was insufferable, and just because that’s intentional doesn’t mean it’s ok either. I was also befuddled by Picard’s complete lack of due diligence in regards to the Vorgons. Vash rightly points this out at the end of the episode. The whole Vorgons thing was not well done either. Their ineptitude is rather bizarre, especially in the cave where they should be able to neutralize/immobilize Sovak with some future technology and get the Uthat themselves, but instead they just stand there watching everyone dig with primitive shovels. I can enjoy fun, lighthearted, campy episodes, but not when there’s so many mischaracterizations, plot holes, confusion, and irritating characters. Voyager actually gets this right a couple of times in Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy, Live Fast and Prosper, and Bride of Chaotica. DS9 too has In the Cards, Take Me Out to the Holosuite, Bada-Bing Bada-Bang, and Trials and Tribble-ations. These sorts of episodes seem to be best when there’s a simple premise that doesn’t require a ton of technobabble to implement. I think DS9’s Little Green Men is a bit of a fail in that respect because the setup and resolution are completely ridiculous and the characters too cliché. I still enjoy it, but whenever Rom says kemocite it makes the hair on my neck stand up. Same for The Magnificent Ferengi. It’s poking fun of them sure, but the whole corpse reanimation thing just, and even Kevan’s death in the first place, is just a bridge too far. I think TNG’s Qpid works OK, especially as a follow-up to this one, but it’s kind of a nothingburger overall, aside from a few great lines. Hollow Pursuits is good for the holodeck scenes, but the rest of the episode is actually fairly serious so I wouldn’t call the episode itself light hearted. I think A Fistful of Datas is actually decent if not for the tiresome holodeck malfunction premise. I do like Phantasms and Timescape, though they’re stretching credulity. It seems like the best comedy/light-heartedness comes out of strong characterization first, and TNG has a bit more trouble with that, especially when the actual premise of the episode is “Patrick Stewart wanted to do more action.” That’s what got us the reprehensible dune buggy chase in Nemesis after all.

The only redeeming value of this episode was finding out that Picard, knew how to hoist his petard with Vash. Taking a few liberty's with the actual meaning. He was no James T Kirk with the ladies.

I've always liked this episode. It's just a fun Picard adventure away from the ship.

I'm not sure, exactly, when Roddenberry's horndog influence on the Star Trek universe waned but this episode certainly has 'Justice' in its DNA. Attempts at showing a future with a progressive, open view of sex just always come off as pervy, heavy-handed attempts at titillating 90s teen boys. Look, I'm a horny old bastard. I just get really tired of the hamfisted portrayal of sexuality in the future. It doesn't come off as enlightened it feels forced and the actual interactions about sex themselves are so stilted that I actually think you'll find a more sexually-charged atmosphere at a Quaker meeting. The writing around erotic situations is the biggest boner killer I could imagine. All that being said - I liked this episode more than I remembered. Maybe it was Picard's shiny hotpants, I have no idea. Stewart is just able to carry even the worst of episodes. I felt like Picard trusted the future aliens too easily and too quickly given what we've watched the character do. Riker's joke to trick Picard into buying the equivalent of posting "I'm hosting for NSA encounters right now!" on Craigslist was solid. The Ferengi being super into Vash the Stampede because she ripped him off was a nice bit of world-building as far as giving us an insight into the Ferengi mind this early into the species existence in the fictional universe.

Frake's Nightmare

Wesley's jumpers: realised I should have been paying more attention to the Picard's outfit, all those open to the waist silky numbers...yowzah! and the overlapping pleats on his holiday travel ensemble....

As the archaeologist inched forward along the subterranean tunnel, his foot caught in a vine. Irritably he tried to jerk himself free. Far above he heard a rumble and before long, a giant boulder appeared heading straight for him with no opportunity for escape. Jerking his foot again, a pit opened up in the path in front of him. The boulder hit the pit edge, bounced once, then disappeared with a continuous crashing. As the dust settled, the archaeologist removed his hat, wiped the sweat off his face, and with a wry grin muttered "Phew. Another close call in the life of..." [credits roll] INDIANA PICARD & the TAX-U-TAT starring HARRISON FORD ! PATRICK STEWART ! MELINDA M SNODGRASS ! F. E. RENGI, Jr ! From the hilariously phallic WhoreGone, to the polycarbonate toy supposedly containing the energy of an entire star, and which exploded with all the fuss of an indoor firework - this was not an episode we were supposed to take seriously! Do I give 2 or 2.5 stars for its comedy value? Hmmm, that's the hardest part...

Oh, come on. Sometimes, it's okay to just have a light, silly, good-but-not-great episode, where the writing is lazy, and the acting is laid back and just the right kind of hammy. This episode was breezy and fun, even if the perpetually annoying and disappointing TNG-era Ferengi were involved. It'll never make any Greatest lists, but it's hardly deserving of the trashing it has been given. The opening alone is tons of fun, with the crew cheerfully conspiring to unload Picard onto Risa. Sure, Riker being Riker kind of added some creep factor, but Troi's "my mother is coming" gambit was funny and well-delivered. Patrick Stewart's look of suspicious, weary horror as he sits in his chair is priceless. Not enough props are given to Stewart for his comic chops, and he displays them here. The rest of the episode is similarly low-stakes, relaxed, and goofy. It's not their best comedy effort (it's not heir best *anything* effort), but it's still a decently enjoyable 42 minutes. Just my 2¢.

Neo the Beagle

@tara: women are not as interesting as men guest stars. The series would have suffered and died otherwise.

I'm okay with every episode not being super serious, but it has to be interesting. This one just is not, as Jammer said this one is just an extremely by the book episode. Not great.

Donald Pietruk

A lot of people miss the point of Shelby's character. When the original cliffhanger to BOBW was being written Stewart was in contract renegotiations and there was a good deal of uncertainty whether he would actually return. The writers were certainly aware of the lack of an strong female protagonist on the show so Shelby had to be written as someone that could hold her own with one of the top crews in Starfleet as there were two possible outcomes with her arc. One is Picard dies, Riker becomes Captain and Shelby becomes first officer. If negotiations were successful she gets written off the show. This is why she was introduced into the ensemble setting so she was interacting with the main characters. Although it would have been great in my opinion to see her brought back in another guest episode where she again gets the opportunity to irritate Riker and that centers around her being the protagonist. In fact her character has become a fan favorite in novelizations. She goes on to become XO on another ship, gets her own command and eventually becomes an admiral. As to Tasha Yar while her character had a good setup what failed the character were two things. One was the writing was awful. Her background story was vague and undeveloped. Ironically it was develop better with the episode visiting her home colony and her sister, who should be counted as an interesting female character who is morally ambiguous also. That episode should have occurred in season or two one as it would have caused an interesting conflict between Tasha and her sister who had very different perspectives on their home culture. It seemed like the writers had no idea how to develop her. The second was Denise Crosby. She was and continued to be a sub par actress. The attempt to bring her back as Sela was no more successful than her tenure as Yar. Contrast Crosby's performance versus the actress who played the Romulan Commander in The Enterprise Incident in TOS for example. And her leaving Trek for greener pastures also didn't go well as she never really received any truly successful roles after that.

I've always found this a fairly enjoyable episode, but I think the romance at the heart of the plot has made it easy for some fans (especially those who are sexually frustrated in real life, I suspect) to misinterpret the pleasure-oriented culture of Risa as being all or mostly about sex. This and other episodes show that it is about more than relaxed sexual mores. They keep their weather pleasant, and spend time on pursuits from sunbathing and swimming to "hoverball." It's only for people who WANT their pleasures to be of the sexual kind that Risa can be a sex planet, and the Horgon is a way of letting people know that's what you're looking for. I think that implies that if you're looking for some other source of pleasure, Risans are equally happy to help you find whatever it is.

I guess nobody is going for the obvious Jamahl'haron pun, eh?

Look, I get why a lot of people don't like this episode, but I don't care. I love it. I love Picard not knowing how to vacation, and needing an adventure to finally relax. I love the chemistry between Picard and Vash. I love the mirroring of the first scene with the last scene, where both end with Picard just grunting, but one is so grouchy, and the other is so pleased with himself. I love Riker tricking Picard into getting the Horga'hn, and then Picard telling him that they were going to have a little chat about that later. Not every episode needs to be deep. This one is fun, and I love it.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation (1990) – Captain’s Holiday, and Tin Man

Captain’s log: stardate 43745.2

Captain’s Holiday is a Picard (Patrick Stewart) story, that lets our captain be a bit of a an action hero.

Originally airing on 2 April, 1990, this episode, written by Ira Steven Behr finds Jean-Luc Picard taking a bit of a holiday on Risa, the pleasure planet after some tough negotiations. Riker (Jonathan Frakes) asks him to pick up a statuette for him, which serves to get Picard some interesting offers from some interested parties.

It doesn’t take long for an adventure to find its way to him in the form of Vash (Jennifer Hetrick), who needs his help in tracking down a dangerous weapon. The pair are being watched by a pair of visitors from the future, who are awaiting the expedition’s outcome, but all the parties involved, including a devious Ferengi named Sovak (Max Grodenchik).

There are some fun comedic elements at work in the episode, and it’s delightful to see Stewart as Picard ‘relaxing’ and embracing the captain’s action hero side.

The episode works incredibly well, is a bit of a different Trek story, and Stewart is obviously having a great time playing to some of his other strengths as an actor. Pairing him with Hetrick’s Vash worked so nicely, that we would see the character return in the future.

Captain’s Holiday made for a nice change of pace for The Next Generation while still being true to the series. After three seasons the show is able to tell different types of stories, and consequently it opens the universe nicely.


Captain’s log: stardate 43779.3

Dennis Bailey and David Bischoff pen this episode that first aired on 23 April, 1990.

Harry Groener guest stars as Tam Elbrun, a Betazoid, like ship’s counsellor Troi (Marina Sirtis). He’s a mission specialist, with a painful and dark past whose assignment is to communicate with a strange, space-faring life form that is in orbit around a star in Romulan territory.

While Picard and the Enterprise must deal with the Romulan threat, we learn some of Tam’s issues, including the fact that his telepathic abilities were fully formed at birth, as opposed to developing at puberty as it does for most Betazoids.

Tam strikes up an easy relationship with Data (Brent Spiner) one of the only beings he has ever met that he is unable to read.

No one seems to care for Tam, but for Data. He’s caused issues and disasters in previous first contacts, and was in fact a prior patient of Troi’s.

Groener turns in a fine performance, as a pained and troubled being, also of note is a particularly solid score for the episode composed by Jay Chattaway.

I rather like this episode, as, once again, it’s a different sort of Trek story, but it works so well within the Trek universe. Tam’s story is handled nicely, and the pain he suffers from because of his abilities makes the character both empathetic and a bit of a threat. It’s a fine balance that the story works easily.

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By Takara_Soong , May 27, 2005 in Season 3

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Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation

Episode #: 19

Production #: 167

Episode Name: Captain's Holiday

Original Air Date: 04.02.90

Picard is persuaded to take a vacation on Risa after a very draining session of negotiations. He gets more than he bargained for when he meets Vash, a less than ethical archeologist. Vash is trying to get away from her Ferengi partner so she can find an object called the Tox Uthat. She is not the only one looking for it as two Vorgons who have traveled back from the 27th century also want it.

Jennifer Hetrick portrayed Vash in two episodes (Captain's Holiday and Qpid) and later reprised the role in Deep Space Nine's Q-Less.

If you read the credits and noticed the name Michael Grodenchik (Sovak) and wondered if he was related to Deep Space Nine's Max Grodenchik (Rom), the answer is no. They aren't related because they are the same person. As Max Grodenchik, he also appeared in the episode The Perfect Mate playing Par Lenor as well as playing an alien ensign in a deleted scene from Star Trek: Insurrection.

Deirdre Imershein (Joval) also appeared in the Deep Space Nine episode Trials and Tribble-ations as Lt. Watley.

Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes as William Thomas Riker

Brent Spiner as Data

LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge

Michael Dorn as Worf

Gates McFadden as Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi

Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher

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Jennifer Hetrick as Vash

Michael Grodenchik as Sovak

Karen Landry as Ajur

Michael Champion as Boratus

Deirdre Imershein as Joval

Director: Chip Chalmers

Written By: Ira Steven Behr

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A very enjoyable comedic episode, which again serves to act as a breather after recent serious episodes.

Vash was a great character and you could totally understand why a guy would be attracted to her, even Picard who seemed so in control of his emotions pretty much all the time.

A fun episode.

GhostofMajorHayes    10


Average ep of Picard on a "pleasure planet". I gave it a 3.

youbroughtheryouRiker    2

I'm giving this one a 5, too. Just a fun episode... a nice kind of set a thief scenario... I admit though, aside from looks, I'm not that attracted to Vash... not the character as much as the actress. But a great episode... I loved the off comments about Riker and the Hor'gahn. And jamaharon??? Woo smokies, I love how it leaves that up to the imagination.

Dabo Queen    0

Three from me...I like the inclusion of Risa, but it seriously felt like an Indiana Jones rip.

SeeingEyeBorg    0


I no likey the Vash creature. I hated this ep.

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Susan Oliver: Star Treks First Captain Love Interest Explained

  • Susan Oliver's role as Vina in Star Trek's unaired pilot led to a love story with Captain Pike in "The Menagerie".
  • Vina and Pike's storyline in "The Cage" was canonized by "The Menagerie", paving the way for future Star Trek series.
  • Susan Oliver, who played Vina, had a successful career in TV and film, with a late career connection to Star Trek: TNG.

Susan Oliver played Star Trek 's first ever captain's love interest in the unaired Star Trek: The Original Series pilot, "The Cage". Rejected by the network for being too cerebral, "The Cage" saw Captain Christopher Pike (Jeffrey Hunter) get captured by the Talosians, who believed that he could be a worthy mate for Vina, and tested the couple in a variety of scenarios. Pike's resistance convinced the Talosians that he and Vina would not repopulate their planet after all. After Lucille Ball saved Star Trek by convincing the network to give it another chance, "The Cage" was repurposed for "The Menagerie", which gave Pike and Vina their happy ending .

If production on Star Trek: The Original Series season 1 hadn't fallen behind, then it's possible that Vina and Pike's Enterprise crew could have been lost to time. Because "The Menagerie" canonized Star Trek 's unaired pilot , it allowed Star Trek: Discovery to reintroduce Captain Pike (Anson Mount), Number One (Rebecca Romijn) and even Vina (Melissa George). This led to Star Trek: Strange New Worlds being commissioned, which now bridges the gap between the events of "The Cage", the second TOS pilot and Pike's happy ending with his first Star Trek love interest.

Captain Pike's 3 Strange New Worlds Love Interests Explained

Captain Christopher Pike may not be the sort of infamous lothario that Captain James T. Kirk was, but hes had a few important romantic relationships.

Susan Oliver Played Vina In Star Treks Original Pilot The Cage

In Star Trek 's original pilot, "The Cage", Vina was the sole human inhabitant of Talos IV, following the crash of the SS Columbus in 2236 . The Talosians were able to bring the ailing Vina back to life. However, the Talosians' lack of knowledge about human physiology meant that, while physically healthy, her body was scarred and misshapen. Because of this, Vina opted to remain on Talos IV instead of leaving with Captain Pike, because she wanted to keep her illusion of youthful beauty. She would later be joined by the critically wounded Fleet Captain Pike (Sean Kenney) at the end of "The Menagerie".

Susan Oliver was the stage name of the actress Charlotte Gercke.

Susan Oliver was cast as Vina at the suggestion of studio executive Oscar Katz, who became the subject of an on-set joke due to his " religious " avoidance of set visits. Susan Oliver carried around a sign which read " Oscar, Where Are You? " which appeared in several set photos. Oliver had a prolific career as a TV guest actor , becoming one of many Star Trek actors in The Twilight Zone , when she played a Martian in "People Are Alike All Over". Susan Oliver was also a pilot, and was nominated for an Emmy for playing 'Snookie' in the 1976 NBC TV movie, Amelia Earheart .

The 2014 documentary The Green Girl was a feature-length tribute to Susan Oliver's life and work, which contained a surprising revelation about a late career connection to Star Trek: The Next Generation . In the 1980s, Susan Oliver tried her hand at directing television , with one episode of M.A.S.H and another of Trapper John, M.D. on her list of credits. When TNG entered production in the late 1980s, Oliver offered to direct an episode, but was rejected due to her inexperience with visual effects.

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Discovery season 2, episode 8, "if memory serves"..

Over 50 years after Susan Oliver's portrayal of Vina in "The Cage", Melissa George played Vina in Star Trek: Discovery season 2, episode 8, "If Memory Serves". Set three years after the events of "The Cage", Captain Pike returned to Talos IV to seek the Talosians' help with restoring the damaged mind of Spock (Ethan Peck). Vina aided Pike, Spock and Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) in evading Section 31 operatives . Pike traveling to Talos IV to save Spock ultimately set up the Vulcan's own mission to return to the planet to save his former captain in Star Trek: The Original Series , reuniting Pike and Vina for good.

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Cast Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, William Shatner, George Takei, Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelley, James Doohan

Release Date September 8, 1966

Genres Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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  • Like father, like son? Star Trek captains, from Kirk to Burnham, have had sons who followed their footsteps in unique ways.
  • Captain Kirk's son David took after his mother in pursuing a career in science, while Jean-Luc Picard's son Jack rebelled before joining Starfleet.
  • Benjamin Sisko raised his son Jake alone, who found his own path as a writer on Deep Space 9, unlike his best friend Nog who joined Starfleet.

Four major Star Trek Captains have sons, but how do those sons compare to their famous Starfleet parents? On Star Trek: The Original Series, Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) earned a reputation for being a ladies' man, and he certainly didn't seem the type to settle down and start a family. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, however, revealed that Kirk had previously had a son with Dr. Carol Marcus ( Bibi Besch), although Carol chose to raise David (Merritt Butrick) away from his father.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) of Star Trek: The Next Generation had no desire to start a family, so Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) chose to keep their son Jack Crusher (Ed Speleers) a secret from Jean-Luc. On Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Captain Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) ran the space station while also caring for his son Jake Sisko (Cirroc Lofton). The newest addition to the roster of Star Trek Captains' sons, Captain Leto Burnham-Booker (Sawandi Wilson) followed in the footsteps of his mother, Admiral Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), on Star Trek: Discovery .

Star Trek crews almost always feel like families, but some Star Trek actors got the chance to act alongside their real-life children.

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Son of james t. kirk & carol marcus.

James T. Kirk and Carol Marcus began a romantic relationship sometime in the 2250s, when Kirk was a junior officer in Starfleet as referenced on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds . After Kirk became First Officer of the USS Farragut, Carol Marcus was stationed at Starbase 1, and she later became one of the Federation's top scientists. Kirk knew of Carol's pregnancy, and it was Carol who made the decision to raise their son David on her own away from Kirk.

Although Carol has yet to make an appearance on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Paul Wesley's Lt. Kirk did mention her to Lt. La'an Noonien-Singh (Christina Chong).

With Kirk traveling across the galaxy and Carol working in a lab, she believed their lifestyles to be incompatible and she wanted to raise David herself. David Marcus took after his mother, pursuing a career in science and eventually working on the Genesis Project alongside Carol, in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kha n. Like his father, David could be impatient and quick to jump into action, and upon first meeting Admiral Kirk, David attacked him with a knife.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan introduced Kirk's son, David Marcus, but Strange New Worlds can solve the mystery of when David was born.

However, Carol assured David that Admiral Kirk wasn't there to take the Genesis Device and David eventually came to see Kirk's bravery as he faced off against Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalban) . After Khan activated the Genesis Device, David was assigned to the USS Grissom to study the planet the device created. While on the planet, a group of Klingons tried to take the Genesis Device, and David was tragically killed while trying to protect Lt. Saavik (Robin Curtis) and the regenerated Spock (Leonard Nimoy).

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3 Jack Crusher

Son of jean-luc picard & beverly crusher.

Although Captain Jean-Luc Picard did not care for children on Star Trek: The Next Generation, his attitude had shifted by the time of Star Trek: Picard . In Picard season 3, Dr. Beverly Crusher crashed back into Jean-Lyc's life, introducing him to a son he never knew he had. Throughout TNG , Picard and Crusher danced around one another, never truly giving in to the feelings they obviously felt. Sometime after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis , however, Picard and Crusher spent a night together which later resulted in the birth of Jack Crusher.

Although Beverly debated telling Jean-Luc about Jack, she feared Picard's many enemies might target his son, so she ultimately decided to raise Jack on her own. Upon learning about Jack, Picard was understandably upset and he initially struggled to connect with his now-adult son. As Star Trek: Picard season 3 progressed, Jean-Luc and Jack spent some time talking and they ended the season on much better terms.

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After starring in Star Trek: The Next Generation for seven seasons and various other Star Trek projects, Patrick Stewart is back as Jean-Luc Picard. Star Trek: Picard focuses on a retired Picard who is living on his family vineyard as he struggles to cope with the death of Data and the destruction of Romulus. But before too long, Picard is pulled back into the action. The series also brings back fan-favorite characters from the Star Trek franchise, such as Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan), Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton), Worf (Michael Dorn), and William Riker (Jonathan Frakes).

Like Jean-Luc as a Starfleet cadet, Jack has a rebellious streak. He spent the first twenty-something years of his life traveling the galaxy with his mother helping those in need, while also violating a number of laws on both Federation and non-Federation worlds. Still, Jack had a strong sense of right and wrong, and he later followed in his father's footsteps by joining Starfleet, and coasting through Starfleet Academy in a year due to "nepotism". Ensign Jack Crusher ended Star Trek: Picard season 3 as a special counselor to Captain Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) on the USS Enterprise-G.

2 Jake Sisko

Son of benjamin sisko & jennifer sisko.

After Jennifer Sisko (Felecia M. Bell) was killed at the Battle of Wolf 359 , Commander Benjamin Sisko raised his son Jake alone. As a teenager, Jake accompanied his father when Commander Sisko accepted a posting at Space Station Deep Space 9. Jake was not all that excited about living on a space station, but he warmed to the idea after meeting a young Ferengi named Nog (Aron Eisenberg), who later became his best friend.

Jake Sisko could have repeated Wesley Crusher's TNG arc in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, but Jake's Starfleet Academy career was never a possibility.

Jake and Nog got into all kinds of mischief on the station, but they also helped out the senior officers on numerous occasions. Although Nog became the first Ferengi to join Starfleet , Jake had little desire to become a Starfleet officer. Jake had a passion for writing, even choosing to remain on Deep Space 9 during the Dominion War as a front-line reporter.

In an alternate future seen in DS9 season 4, episode 2, "The Visitor," Jake Sisko became a great novelist but retired at the age of forty to search for a way to save his father.

When away from Deep Space 9, Jake spent time with his grandfather, Joseph Sisko (Brock Peters), in New Orleans, helping out at the family restaurant, Sisko's Creole Kitchen. Jake introduced his father to Captain Kasidy Yates (Penny Johnson), and the two eventually married, with Jake serving as the best man. Captain Sisko remained close to his son throughout his life, and Jake got his love of baseball and his enjoyment of cooking from his dad.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, also known as DS9, is the fourth series in the long-running Sci-Fi franchise, Star Trek. DS9 was created by Rick Berman and Michael Piller, and stars Avery Brooks, René Auberjonois, Terry Farrell, and Cirroc Lofton. This particular series follows a group of individuals in a space station near a planet called Bajor.

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After the main story of Star Trek: Discovery season 5 came to a close, its series finale coda jumped about thirty years into the future, offering a glimpse of life in the 33rd century. By this time, Michael Burnham had become a four-star Admiral and settled down with Cleveland Booker (David Ajala) on the planet known as Sanctuary Four. The couple had an adult son named Leto , who had just been promoted to Captain.

Leto is named for Book's nephew, who perished in the destruction of their homeworld of Kwejian in Star Trek: Discovery season 4.

Burnham and Booker's love story began soon after Michael arrived in the 32nd century, when she collided with Book's ship mid-flight. The two then worked together as couriers for a year before the USS Discovery finally made it to the far future. From that point on, Book helped out Discovery's crew and he and Michael soon embarked on a romantic relationship. Burnham and Book had some ups and downs in their romance, but their love for one another was obvious.

Although Leto only got a small amount of screen time, he followed in his mother's footsteps by becoming a Starfleet Captain. As Leto transported his mother to Federation Headquarters for her last mission aboard the USS Discovery, he shared his worries about becoming a captain. Burnham ensured her son that he would make a great captain, telling him that he and his crew would eventually become a family. Michael Burnham managed to have an incredibly successful career and build a life with her family, a feat few Star Trek Captains have been able to achieve.

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