Recap: Star Trek The Next Generation S 3 E 14 A Matter Of Perspective

When the research station Riker is beamed away from suddenly explodes, the commander finds himself accused of murder.

Tropes featured in "A Matter of Perspective":

  • Anti-Villain: Krag isn't a bad guy, just a prosecutor doing his job. He even apologizes to Riker after viewing the exonerating evidence.
  • Attempted Rape: According to Mrs. Apgar, although Riker denies it.
  • Badass Boast: Apgar in the "beat up" scenario.
    "I'm not the fool you take me for."
  • Chekhov's Gun: The recurring radiation bursts.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: One scenario has Apgar effortlessly beat up Riker. Another version has Riker beat up Apgar, which is much more plausible.
  • Face Palm: Riker facepalms during a holorecreation of the murder. Some have photoshopped Picard's facepalm from "Deja Q" into this episode to create a "Double Facepalm".
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Picard and La Forge are able to demonstrate that Apgar attempted to fire a Krieger wave beam at Riker while he was transporting. However, the beam bounced off Riker and hit the reactor, destroying the station and killing Apgar.
  • Posthumous Character: Dr. Apgar is never seen while he's alive, only as a holographic recreation.
  • "Rashomon"-Style
    Riker: We can't both be telling the truth.
    Troi: It is the truth... as you each remember it.
    Riker: Yes, but her version puts a noose around my neck.
  • Recycled In Space: Rashomon IN SPACE!
  • Say My Name: A purposefully over-the-top example.
    "You're a dead man, Apgar!"
  • Take Our Word for It: Picard's painting.
  • What Ever Happened To The Mouse: We never know whether Riker really had an affair with Apgar's wife.