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Skin of Evil
Series: The Next Generation
Story by: Joseph Stefano
Teleplay by: Joseph Stefano and Hannah Louise Shearer
Directed by: Joseph L. Scanlan
Production information
Episode no.: 1x23
Production no.: 122
First aired: 25 April 1988
Date: 41601.3 (2364)

The USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D is trying to recover Counselor Troi, and the Pilot of the disabled shuttlecraft. Tragically, because of the sadistic,and cruel nature of the 'Skin of Evil' Armus, the Enterprises Security Chief Tasha Yar lost her life in a most cruel and dishonorable fashion. Armus just sucked the life out of her. Realizing that sadistic pleasures are all that Armus desires, Picard begins to take a new tactic, but almost losing his Number 1, when Armus raises the stakes of the encounter by absorbing Riker into him. Riker is released, but Armus is not satisfied. Being that he is literally the 'Skin of Evil' of his civilization, a race of aliens that shed their evil, and sadistic tendencies. Thus Armus was spawned. Aware of this sadistic, and horrifying streak in Armus, and aware that when incensed, Armus was vulnerable to suggestion.

Eventually, the Enterprise prevailed. The shuttlecraft was destroyed from Orbit to ensure that the malevolent Armus could not leave planetside. In addition, Captain Picard established a beacon outpost, warning all vessels away from Vagra II.



ArmusBennettBeverly CrusherWesley CrusherDataGeordi La ForgeLeland T. LynchJean-Luc PicardBen PrietoWilliam T. RikerDeanna TroiDarien WalllaceWorf, son of MoghNatasha YarYoungblood
Referenced only 
MinnerlyPercy Bysshe ShelleySwenson

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • shuttlecraft (#13)


Vagra IIZed Lapis sector
Referenced only 
Turkana IV

Shipboard locationsEdit

transporter room (#4) • engineeringholodeck

Races and culturesEdit

BetazoidHumanKlingonArmus's species

States and organizationsEdit


Technology and weaponsEdit

probeswarp drivecommunicatorphaserneural stimulatorlibrary computerflight control computerengine coreimpulse engineVISORcomputer

Ranks and titlesEdit

doctorlieutenantacting chief of securitynumber onecommanderfirst officercaptain


captain's logstardatedilithium crystallight-yearmartial artsMishiama wrist-lock and breakviewscreenonboard systems failureplanetgravitymatter-antimatter injectorreactantlifeformorbitaway teamTin manhumanoiduniverseneurondirect reticular stimulationmicrovoltlifesignforce fieldmeterrobotpoet


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