Vela Kurv Watches Death of a Comrade in “Skin of Evil” on Star Trek TNG

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The Enterprise’s security chief Tasha Yar is killed by an entity called Armus. The away team determines that the shuttlecraft carrying ship’s counselor, Deanna Troi crash-landed on planet Vagra
II was caused by this entity. Armus appears as a large pool of oil, is able to assume many forms and is capable of great power. Armus is sentient, but very evil in nature.
Captain Picard joins the away team after Riker, the ship’s second-in-command, is enveloped by Armus. Picard is able to negotiate with Armus to allow him to talk to Deanna. He uses this information to deduct a weakness in Armus. His strategy works; it allows the Enterprise crew to beam up the away team including Riker, rescue Deanna and the pilot (unconscious from the accident) and snatch Picard away from Armus’ grip. Armus is left alone to wallow in his own evil skin, the shuttle craft is destroyed by the Enterprise from orbit.
Picard plots and puts the pieces of danger together to build his defense strategy. He is deliberate and successful. What touched me most was Tasha Yar’s recorded final words when she described her captain as someone she wanted to most impress. She described him as an explorer with the heart of a poet. This is a most fitting and accurate description of a capable and accredited Starship Captain.
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Vela Kurv Studies “Symbiosis” Aboard the Starship Enterprise-D

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Captain Picard responds to a distress call while his Enterprise crew studies solar flares at the Delos System. What begins as a baffling save for the interplanetary Ornaran freighter, Sanction, progresses into a rescue of medical supplies from the planet Brekka to the planet Ornara in order to keep a 200-year-old plague in check.

Upon further investigation, what originates as a symbiosis relationship between Brekka and Ornara is actually a parasitic one. The 200-year-old plague is found to be dead by Dr. Beverly Crusher (Enterprise’s chief medical officer). The Brekkans have exploited the Ornarans by turning the medication (felicium) into a narcotic substance of which the Ornarans are unaware. The Brekkans survive by the food and cultivation provided by the Ornarans, in exchange for the felicium cultivated only on Brekka. Data’s further study reveals that felicium only grows on Brekka.


The Prime Directive (Starfleet’s General Order #1 and the most prominent guiding principle of the United Federation of Planets) dictates that there can be no interference with the internal development of pre-warp civilizations. Because of the Prime Directive, Captain Picard allows the transference of the narcotic to the Ornarans. He cannot interfere in the tradition of these non-Starfleet societies. Picard cannot inform the Ornarans of their exploitation either.
However, in this particular case, the Prime Directive does allow Picard to prohibit necessary engine components to the Ornaran ships which intern keep them running and thereby keep their addiction alive, unbeknownst to them. Picard believes the Ornarans will learn the parasitic truth about the Brekkans once the Ornarans’ ships no longer function, thereby causing them to overcome their withdrawals of narcotic addiction. This is a painful lesson about abiding by military guidelines even when the truth of resolve at first glance suggests breaking the directive for the better good.
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