- Accidental Innuendo: Almost certainly accidental, but after the Ligonians express an interest about how the holodeck can be used for training purposes, Picard says this line that is veritably dripping with innuendo:Picard: And for other things too. Commander Riker, perhaps you and Counselor Troi can demonstrate.
- Angst? What Angst?: Considering her backstory involved dodging rape gangs on a hellhole colony, Tasha takes being kidnapped and forced to marry remarkably well.
- Fight Scene Failure: There's a particularly inept fight scene at the episode's climax, with most of the action being shot from the same camera angle, and the two combatants (Tasha Yar and an alien woman) standing on what looks like a children's climbing frame and mostly just flailing around at each other with spiked gloves. This was largely due to the episode's director having been fired the day before the sequence was shot, and the first assistant director who had never directed anything before, much less an action sequence having to take over.
- Ham and Cheese: Jessie Lawrence Ferguson and the other guest stars were, by all accounts, treated poorly by Russ Mayberry, the original director of the episode, leading to Mayberry's firing. To Ferguson's credit, however, he looks like he's really trying to make the most of it, and plays Lutan with gusto to spare (maybe too much - see Narm).
- Humor Dissonance: Poor LeVar Burton tries so hard to sell Data's "slip of the tongue" as the funniest thing ever.
- Narm: "You shall have NO treaty, NO vaccine, and NO Lieutenant Yar!!"
- Special Effect Failure:
- A bystander catches a poisoned gauntlet in the gut. Immediately after the camera focuses on his grape-jelly bloodstain, it disappears as he keels over.
- Riker orders a set of torpedoes detonated a few thousand feet off the ground as a terrifying show of force, but the effects make it look like they didn't even make it to the upper atmosphere.
- Unfortunate Implications:
- As Chuck Sonnenburg of SF Debris points out in his video review, the episode is laden with this, with its premise centring around a planet with a population that consist entirely of black people, and them basically behaving like the 1940's stereotypes about the Darkest Africa.
- The racist dog whistles in this are deafening.Picard: Yours is a different world.
Lutan: With clear and simple ways deeply rooted in our culture.
- Jonathan Frakes, years later, referred to this episode as a racist piece of shit.
YMMV / Star Trek: The Next Generation S1 E3 "Code of Honor"