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YMMV / Star Trek: The Next Generation S 1 E 22 "Skin of Evil"

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  • Awesome Music: "Tasha's Goodbye" by Ron Jones.
  • Growing the Beard: The death of Tasha Yar is credited with giving the show a pathos in subsequent episodes that it didn't have before, especially since the death was senseless and abrupt. Which ultimately is extremely ironic because Denise Crosby left for exactly the reason she wasn't feeling challenged enough.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Data's reaction to Tasha's funeral becomes more of a Tear Jerker after his own death in Star Trek: Nemesis.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The holodeck program where Tasha Yar's memorial service is held looks very much like the standard wallpaper of Windows XP.
  • It Was His Sled: This is well known as the episode where Tasha Yar dies.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Armus, especially if he ever got free. He's a black liquid of pure evil made of the discarded negative emotions of an ancient race of highly advanced aliens, but he had no choice in his own creation and his constant state of undirected rage and hatred actually pains him as well. He wants nothing more than to be reunited with his creators for leaving him on a dead planet for millennia, but he will never get the chance. Both Picard and Troi express their pity for him while acknowleding his malevolence, but he angrily rejects it.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Regardless of how one feels about the circumstances of Tasha's death, it serves as a stark reminder that our heroes don't always get to die heroically.
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  • Special Effect Failure: Armus would probably be much scarier if it wasn't so obvious he's just a guy in a suit covered with oil. This didn't look convincing even in 1988.
  • What an Idiot!: Armus is the byproduct of a species of "dazzling, perfect beings" cleansing them of all things "evil." Once shed of him, they dump him on a remote planet, leaving him forever in isolation.
    You'd Expect: These "perfect beings" would have both the good morals and the good sense to warn others in the galaxy to steer clear of that planet, as a being like Armus would obviously be extremely dangerous. Or better still, euthanize this creature of "absolute evil" so no one need blunder upon him and be at his mercy (and to put him out of his misery).
    Instead: They apparently couldn't be bothered to do either, resulting in the senseless death of Tasha Yar at Armus's hands.


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