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  • Best Known for the Fanservice: There's a reason Tasha Yar baring her midriff is half of this very page.
  • Bizarro Episode: Although it fully appears as though this is a Let Us Never Speak of This Again episode, the fact that Data and Tasha Yar were "intimate" together and implied to have had sex is mentioned in later episodes, notably in "The Measure Of A Man" where it is used to help establish Data's sentience. It even gets a Call-Back much, much later in Star Trek: First Contact with Data telling the Borg Queen that he is "fully functional" in the sex department.
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  • Broken Base: A common complaint about this episode is that it took place much too early in the show to work right by trying to feature characters out of character in only the second story, before the series even had a real, honest-to-God chance to establish everyone's character, causing them to this to feel like a premature Bizarro Episode, and makes all the out-of-character moments feel very creepy and unfounded. It's also a pretty blatant rehash of a TOS episode, which is not a good way to get a new show established. That, and it shills the hell out of Wesley and establishes him as an obnoxious and meddlesome know-it-all who shoehorns himself into everything — at one point, some of the crew actually starts worshipping him with applause. Others will campaign that if this episode is watched about 10 to 15 episodes later during Season 1 than intended, it works a lot better. There's no getting around the blatant Wesley worship, though.
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  • Creator's Pet: This episode is the start of Wesley earning this particular reputation. Even while intoxicated and supposedly Out of Character, he's still the one who comes up with the idea to get Data to reconfigure the command chips at Super Speed, and then he transfers his concept of a reflector beam to the ship in mere seconds and shoves the Tsiolkovsky in the way of the core fragment, blowing up that ship while saving the Enterprise-D. Wesley used a fraudulent voice command (which in itself is... weird) and took control of the entire ship, and there are no repercussions for that, because everyone is going cuckoo and ultimately forgiven for their antics while loopy. In fact, Wesley's a hero (a Designated Hero, but a hero nonetheless)! This acidic portrayal dominated much of his early time on the series and many viewers soon grew to despise it entirely.
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  • Les Yay: Little bit of this between Tasha and Troi, when Tasha's trying on Troi's clothes.
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