Jan 25 2013 4:00pm

Star Trek: The Next Generation Rewatch: “Attached”

Star Trek: The Next Generation Rewatch on Attached“Attached”
Written by Nicholas Sagan
Directed by Jonathan Frakes
Season 7, Episode 8
Production episode 40276-260
Original air date: November 8, 1993
Stardate: 47304.2

Captain’s Log: The Enterprise is evaluating a request by the Kes—one of two nations on Kesprytt III—for associate membership in the Federation. The other nation, the Prytt, have no interest in having any contact with any outsiders. Picard’s concern is that every other world that has joined the Federation has been united.

He and Crusher beam down to meet with the Kes ambassador—but their transporter beam was diverted, and they wake up in a Prytt prison cell. They both have implants attached to their brain stems which, according to their captors in Prytt security, will eventually be able to read their thoughts. The Prytt believe the Federation wishes to establish a military alliance with the Kes.

On the Enterprise, Data and Worf determine that the transporter beam was diverted to Prytt territory. Riker then meets with the Kes ambassador, Maruic, who offers to send a retrieval team into Prytt land. Riker prefers to at least attempt a diplomatic solution, but Mauric points out that the Kes have no diplomatic relationship with the Prytt whatsoever. Riker will attempt to communicate from the Enterprise, while Mauric will prepare a military option in case that fails. Mauric also asks to set up a base on the ship, as the diversion of the transporter indicates a hole in the Kes’s security. Mauric is extremely paranoid, going so far as to make sure that Worf enters the quarters they’ve provided for him first.

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A guard brings a food dish to Picard and Crusher, but instead of a meal, it has Crusher’s tricorder, complete with an escape plan. They open the door with a provided code, move through lava tubes, and navigate exploding gas pockets. They also soon realize that they’re starting to hear each others’ thoughts—Crusher “hears” Picard thinking that he’s thirsty, and Picard can feel Crusher’s fear of heights as they climb a rockface. It’s a side effect of the implants.

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Riker’s attempts to communicate with the Prytt fail pretty spectacularly. Mauric, however, reveals that one of their operatives has freed Picard and Crusher. Mauric will only provide operational details in their guest quarters, as he feels the bridge is too public a place to discuss such things.

When Riker arrives at the Kes quarters, he finds a lot of new equipment having been brought in, and Riker is fully scanned upon entering. Mauric explains that they have recruited some spies among the Prytt, and they’ll help Picard and Crusher across the border once they reach a tavern.

Picard and Crusher keep trying to adjust to hearing each others’ thoughts, especially as it’s getting more intense. They try to put some distance between themselves, but once they reach a certain distance apart, they’re both overcome by nausea. Not only are they telepathically linked, they need to remain physically proximate as well.

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When they come upon a ridge, they see a Prytt sentry, and so must take another route. Back on the Enterprise, Mauric (who has added more equipment to his quarters) is suspicious (naturally) that Picard and Crusher didn’t make the rendezvous. Mauric immediately concocts a conspiracy theory that the Federation is secretly allying with the Prytt and that Picard and Crusher are meeting with the Prytt authorities. Riker is now officially fed up and says he’ll find them without Mauric’s help, and Mauric declares his intention to leave, which comes to Riker and Worf as something of a relief.

Crusher and Picard camp out for the night, the implants providing more revelations via telepathy, like the fact that they both prefer simple breakfasts—and also the depths of Picard’s feelings for Crusher, which goes back to when they first met.

Riker, meanwhile, having grown sick of the Kes and the Prytt, invites Mauric back and then clandestinely beams the Prytt security chief on board. They start throwing their paranoid delusions back and forth, each believing the other is collaborating with the Federation. Riker makes it clear to the Prytt that Starfleet will come in force, with plenty of ships searching for Picard and Crusher.

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Upon reaching the force field-protected border between Kes and Prytt territory, Crusher and Picard are fired upon. However, the Prytt provide the coordinates of the two of them to Riker, who is able to beam them back up.

That night, Crusher and Picard share dinner. They’re grateful to be out of each others’ heads, but they also kinda miss it. Picard then makes a pass, but Crusher deflects it.

Can’t We Just Reverse the Polarity?: The Prytt use telepathic implants as a combination interrogation tool and set of handcuffs, as the implants read thoughts and force people wearing them to stay close to each other.

Thank You, Counselor Obvious: Troi (and the viewer) is stunned that there’s no provision for communication between the Kes and the Prytt in case of a planetary emergency.

There is No Honor in Being Pummeled: The Kes are sufficiently paranoid that Worf has to be the one to engage transport so that they can coordinate the lowering of force fields. Worf also assures Mauric that the Enterprise is secure, which Mauric refuses to believe, and then Worf later beams the Prytt security chief up against her will.

No Sex, Please, We’re Starfleet: Picard admits that he’s been in love with Crusher from the moment he met her, but never acted on it because she was his best friend’s wife. Later, Picard takes the obvious opening for them to finally pursue a relationship, but Crusher—who up until now has always been the one who seemed to have the stronger feelings toward Picard—turns him down for no compellingly good reason.

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I Believe I Said That: “It’s just that I don’t like—”

“—what I’ve been choosing for breakfast recently.”

“You see, I think that breakfast should be a simple meal, and recently you’ve been ordering these elaborate things.”

“Coffee and croissant. That’s all you really want, isn’t it? Coffee and croissant. Well, why didn’t you just say so?”

“I didn’t think it was important.” (Catches a thought.) “You don’t like those elaborate meals, either!”

“No! I usually prefer something simple myself, but I thought you might enjoy more variety. Well—I guess it’s coffee and croissant for both of us from now on.”

Picard and Crusher discovering that elaborate breakfasts are not their thing.

Welcome Aboard: Robin Gammell and Lenore Kasdorf both are entertainingly paranoid and crazed as the Kes and Prytt representatives.

Trivial Matters: This is the first Star Trek script by Nicholas Sagan, the son of Carl. He would go on to write “Bloodlines” for TNG and several scripts for Voyager, and also being hired as a story editor for the latter’s fifth season.

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While Crusher and Picard do not get together on screen, except in the alternate future seen in “All Good Things…” (not even in the films; seriously, it would’ve been the perfect response for Picard to have after the death of his brother and nephew in Star Trek Generations, to finally get together with Crusher), they do, finally, in the tie-in fiction, specifically in Michael Jan Friedman’s Death in Winter, and the subsequent post-Nemesis TNG fiction, in which they are married and have a son named Rene.

Make it So: “Just make sure you take all that junk with you.” Until the ending, this is a delightful episode. Seriously, it’s going along swimmingly and then they totally blow the landing. I mean, we’re talking about two characters who have oozed chemistry from the minute we saw them together in “Encounter at Farpoint.” At times, you can stick a match between Sir Patrick Stewart and Gates McFadden and it would light on its own.

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So finally, we get a story when they are forced to come out and admit how they feel about each other, and instead of it being the beginning of their relationship, Crusher cuts Picard off at the pass, and that’s it. True, TNG is a standalone show, but given that they’ll be pursuing a Worf/Troi relationship later in the season, it’s obvious they’re not averse to the notion of two regulars dating, so why not the couple that’s been on the verge from jump?

Look, I’m no kind of “shipper” (a net-ologism I have always despised), but for crying out loud, everything on TNG in general and this episode in particular has them pointed toward finally taking the plunge and becoming a couple. Hell, it’s Picard—who has the, er, lessons of “Lessons” giving him reason not to get involved with a subordinate—who made the first move! And it’s Dr. Beverly “there’s something I want to tell you, Jean-Luc, in case we don’t get out of this” Crusher who’s backing off? WTF?

Anyhow, the episode’s truly a delight up until that stupid last scene. This gets so much play as the Crusher/Picard episode that one tends to forget that the B-plot of Riker dealing with the Kes and Prytt loonies is pretty hilarious, too. And the Picard/Crusher scenes are charming as all heck. I especially like the revelation that Picard’s feelings for Crusher go all the way back to when they met and she was married to his best friend, adding another layer of tragedy to Jack Crusher’s death. In general, the episode has you smiling all the way through.

Until the ending, when I, at least, throw my shoe at the screen.


Warp factor rating: 6

Keith R.A. DeCandido really enjoyed writing Crusher and Picard as a married couple in Q & A.

Earl Rogers
1. Earl Rogers
You're definitely not a prefer couples who actually show attraction and chemistry on screen. As far as I can tell, the majority of shippers prefer "One True Couples" with no in universe justification whatsoever.
William Frank
2. scifantasy
and then they totally stick the landing

Surely you mean they flub the landing?
Christopher Bennett
3. ChristopherLBennett
I dunno, it wasn't just the ending that didn't work for me. That whole conversation where they finally brought Picard's feelings out in the open was far too understated and tentative, right down to ending with: "And now we're friends." "Yes, friends." Which just felt like such a copout to me. The whole thing is too little, too late.
Earl Rogers
4. Lalo
@Earl - that's not a completely accurate statement, as 'shipping' in general just means wanting two (or more in some cases :sigh: ) characters to get together (mainly in a romantic sense, occasionally in a best friend sense). That means in-universe justification, head canon justification, or just plain CRACK theory justification. And it nominally refers to those who actively engage in talking about a couple.

In this case KRAD isn't a shipper merely because he was explaining why it would have made more sense in context (or in-story) than a certain other relationship that flourished (for no godly reason in my opinion except they didn't want Troi/Riker together).

That all being said I agree with Christopher in that it was a bit of 'too little, too late' for me. By this point I didn't much care if they got together (to be fair I didn't care if Riker/Troi got together in the show/movie either and I was far more invested in caring about that couple as a kid).

I do love watching Riker and Worf have to deal with political chicanery though.
Earl Rogers
5. gilbetron
Indeed, I'm with Keith here. I remember being totally annoyed when I saw the ending of this episode for the first time. I was pretty young and had only been watching TNG a short time, but even I could tell that the writers were somewhat paralyzed when it came to moving relationships forward in a continuing capacity.

Incidentally, in an interview in Mark Altman's Captains' Logs, Jeri Taylor sort of blames it on Patrick Stewart, who apparently "didn't feel that Jean-Luc Picard would move in that direction." And Nick Sagan said the show was "really about people who make choices that prevent them from getting together." Umm, what? Because like Keith pointed out, the episode -- and the whole show in general -- gives us zero justification for Beverly's decision.

And while, yes, the writers did flirt with the Worf/Troi romance, flirt is all they did. The Worf/Troi romance features in only three episodes -- "Parallels," "The Eye of the Beholder," and "All Good Things..." The romantic progressions in the first two episodes take place in (a) an alternate reality, and (b) inside Troi's head due to a strange psychic memory or something. In the real world, there's no actual lead-up to seeing them together in "All Good Things..." It actually kind of comes out of nowhere (not unlike Seven/Chakotay in the Voyager finale). And after that the relationship is completely ignored in Generations.
Earl Rogers
6. scifisiren
I've been looking forward to your opinion on this one, KRAD. I've always enjoyed the episode up until the end as well; Crusher chickening out at this point makes no sense. And as Chris said, it does feel 'too little, too late," as well.

I've always heard that the story ended that way to keep Picard open to having romantic interests in the movies. The fact that they didn't get together in the movies EITHER is just dumb, because like you said, the chemistry was there from the beginning.
Earl Rogers
7. Kallie
I enjoyed this episode all the way through, including Riker's entertainingly exasperated dealings with the Kes and Prytt, until that last scene. It not only made little sense in the context of the show's arc overall, but it didn't make sense in the context of the episode either, where even after all the revelations they still seemed quite comfortable with each other (including with Crusher teasing Picard about his dreams about her). It would not have been 'too little, too late' from my perspective because the characters and their relationships were so mature by this season that it would have been easy enough to fit in - we already had seen a lot of breakfasts, for instance. Even in the remainder of this season there would be more interactions that could have worked fine in the context of a marriage or romantic relationship - I'm thinking specifically of Crusher reaching out to Picard for parenting help in "Journey's End," him asking her for parenting advice in "Firstborn," or all their interactions in "Sub Rosa," as awful as that episode was in other ways. They were mature characters and a relationshp would have made sense in-universe, especially after this episode. At least KRAD and others finally made that happen in the novels - just wish after seven years it would have happened first onscreen.

Oh, and even a flirtation with Worf/Troi was too much for my taste - never bought that at all.
Earl Rogers
8. Lsana

Exactly what I was going to say. To "stick the landing" is to end your routine perfectly, leaving the judges with a good feeling as they score it. The opinion of this review seems to be that this was the sort of landing where they took three giant steps, tripped, and then took a header into the judges table.

I remember being disappointed by this episode. The concept seemed so good: I liked Crusher, I liked the idea of Picard/Crusher actually facing their feelings for each other, and I liked the idea of a planet with multiple governments and belief systems. In practice, though, it was just boring. Some of the telepathy antics were kind of amusing, but on the whole, the ending was just the lack of frosting on the bland cake that was this episode.
Jeremy Clegg
9. Cleggster
But seriously, tell us how you really feel.

heh I always liked this one. Good chemestry between chracters. But mostly for Riker and the Paraniods. Wow. I just loved that stuff. Felt like classic Trek with it's modern commentary. If only we had Worf at a transporter.
Earl Rogers
10. lorq
Not only does Crusher's backing off in the final scene not make sense in the context of the episode as a whole, but it doesn't make sense in the context of the scene itself. From the very beginning of the scene, a *lot* of Crusher's rhetoric is clearly drawing Picard out, maneuvering the conversation toward an explicit confession of feelings. Her sudden reversal doesn't square with the rest of her behavior; it just goes against the logic of the scene.
Earl Rogers
11. CounsellorDeannaTroi#1Fan
The ending of the episode made perfect sense to me because similar things have happened to me before.

I've gone out on dates with a particular man and spent significant time with him. He expressed in interest in me for several months. After 3 months of talking and seeing each other 3-4 times/week at the gym, I decided it might be time to consummate our relationship. I went to his apartment and sat on his bed where he kissed me passionately. Then, he suddenly stopped, and I asked if something was wrong. He didn't answer. I asked him if he was afraid, and he said, "I think you need to leave." I felt a little embarrased and I left right away.

I think Beverly really did have feelings for Jean-Luc but got cold feet when it came time to pursuing a relationship with him because she didn't know what the consequences of it would be on their professional relationship. I certainly would never feel comfortable having an intimate relationship with a colleague.

There's an old saying that I've always liked: "Don't get laid where you get paid."

There are many good reasons for this!
Lisamarie LiGreci-Newton
12. Lisamarie
I was also frustrated with the ending, although I can also think of some reason why Beverly might be wary of the relationship, even if she had feelings for him - misplaced guilt, not wanting the awkwardness of dating a superior officer, knowing how awkward he felt his relationship with the gal from Lessons was...still, I would have liked to see them together and NOT in some fake future (where they divorce, anyway).

IIRC, the Worf/Troi relationship was also kind of a tease too - it seems like most of the relationship was happening in alternate realities/memories, aside from a few things. I think it actually would have been interesting to see how that relationship progressed if it hadn't come so late in the game.
Joseph Newton
13. crzydroid
Having been one of the first episodes I saw, I think this episode did a great job of establishing the characters and providing some exposition that hey, these two have chemistry! So then when I saw earlier episodes later that focused on the two of them, I already knew that the feelings were indeed there on screen.

As for the ending, I actually thought it was a little strange that Picard was the one pushing for a relationship, because "Lessons" was not that long ago and he made her transfer off the ship so he wouldn't have to worry about her being in danger, and quite frankly, Crusher is way more likely to be put into danger. I got the sense that he was going gung ho off his feelings, and then Crusher was grounding him back in the reality that he himself would have preferred.

As for the comments about them getting together in the got me thinking about how all of the TNG movies really became about Picard and Data, and the other characters sort of got a back seat. First Contact probably was the best at including characterization for the others, because there was a whole side plot where the other characters were important. Crusher especially seems to not do a whole lot in the movies.
Christopher Hatton
14. Xopher
At the time the conventional wisdom was full of the "Northern Exposure Effect" -- when the two characters with the suppressed sexual tension finally grow up and get together, the audience loses interest. Ratings seriously plummeted for several shows after they did this. So I wouldn't be surprised if they shied away from it for that reason.

But also, Kirk...oops, I mean Picard, has to be able to have one-ep romances with whatever females come along. Can't tie him down to just Crusher.
Keith DeCandido
16. krad
The Moonlighting effect is total bullshit. The reason why people lost interest in Dave and Maddie when they got together is because Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd despised each other, hated working on the show at that point, and were never going to have any kind of romantic chemistry. The fact that they became a couple is irrelevant; the chemistry between the two was already shot to hell.

So many TV writers have used Moonlighting as a feeble excuse to not put two characters together and instead draw out sexual tension forever and bloody ever, it has grown beyond tiresome.

---Keith R.A. DeCandido
Earl Rogers
17. jlp2
Krad, I want to agree with you on the Moonlighting effect, but I can't think of a TV romance where the romance (and often the show also) stayed in any way interesting after the consumation. Please enlighten me if there has been one.

The closest I have personally seen was Jim and Pam (The Office), but my interest was only into around season 5, and that was really only because of the other characters.
Earl Rogers
18. Action Kate
@17: I can think of quite a few:

Eureka, Jack/Alison.

Deep Space Nine, Worf/Jadzia, Kira/Odo, arguably Sisko/Kasady. Whatever TNG lacked in stable long-term adult relationships, DS9 definitely made up for.

Voyager, Paris/Torres.

BSG, Adama/Roslin.

Once Upon a Time, Rumple (Gold)/Belle (although that's still playing out).

Merlin, Arthur/Gwen (I admit YMMV; my husband thinks they never had chemistry, but I liked them together).

Leverage, Hardison/Parker, Nate/Sophie.

The key is that the couple is not the point of the show. These are all ensembles, with ongoing plotlines and stories which don't involve the pair together or individually and which don't make the actual pairing the focus of the week's plot.
Earl Rogers
19. Ashcom
My problem with the ending was that it made a lie of the earlier statement in the episode "and now we're friends". They have been making a big thing of knowing each other's feelings, and yet it seems she didn't see that one coming? Or if she did, then surely he would have known, and also known how she would react.

The other big glaring hole in the episode is that while all the paranoia is fun, you have to ask, has nobody from the Federation visited this planet before? They are asking for entry into the Federation, and yet it very quickly becomes obvious that they are horribly unsuitable, so how did the negotiations even get so far a formal evaluation?

I would also just like to say, calling the planet Kesprytt was just silly. How did they known in advance that they would be the two dominant nations and say "let's name our planet this!"
Earl Rogers
20. Llama
What really kills it is this attitude television (well, society really) has that nothing interesting can possibly happen to a happy couple, that adventure somehow ends with marriage, and that conflict can only come from cheating/an unhealthy relationship/sexual tension.

As if people can't have problems that have nothing to do with their relationship. As if marriage can't be about going on awesome adventures together because you chose to have a partner in your life, and not 'settling down' away from everything cool because you had to give up your freedom and be domesticated.

I want more happy couples in fiction, is what I'm saying. Everything I've ever liked has eventually run into someone bringing up the Moonlighting effect and it is totally bullshit.
Jack Flynn
21. JackofMidworld
I enjoyed this episode, especially the way they started getting embarrassed and, to me, it almost seemed like the telepathy made them start acting like two little kids who like each other but don't know how to show it because boys are gross and girls are icky (totally different reasons for acting that way but still).

It's been a while since I saw this ep but I think I put Crusher's "no" off to his recent romance in 'Lessons', like maybe she was afraid that she might have lost him completely if the same type of situation happened between them.
Lisamarie LiGreci-Newton
22. Lisamarie
@20 - WORD. My life is definitely more fun now that I am married, and a lot of things also have new (or rediscovered) joys now that we have kids (although there are definitely some sacrifices to be made at the stage we're in right now). Also, I think you described the plot of a Full House episode, haha ;)

I was going to say, one of the couples I could think of was Logan/Veronica in Veronica Mars, except that the relationship was basically a train wreck. Also, Season 2 had other issues, but I'm not sure those were due to the Logan/Veronica relationship.

The one example of a happy married couple I can think of is Zoe/Wash in Firefly, and that was one of the things I really liked about the show.
Christopher Bennett
23. ChristopherLBennett
@19: The only characters in the episode who actually say the name "Kesprytt" are Picard and Riker. So we don't know that the natives actually use that name themselves. It could be a name the Federation coined as a convenience because the natives have no agreed-upon name for their world.
Earl Rogers
24. Tesh
@19 Maybe "Kesprytt" came from their official paperwork application, and they settled on it after those nations came to power. *shrug*

What's more interesting to me is the whole "the planet must be united" thing. Maybe that's just an artifact of the whole "alien cultures are homogenous" mindset (itself pretty stupid), but it chills me a little to think that such uniformity is a prerequisite of Federation membership. IDIC, my butt.

As to the Picard/Crusher thing, I'm with #20. Teasing their relationship out is just stupid Hollywood thinking. Just because they can't seem to understand stable relationships doesn't mean they don't exist.
Steve Nicholson
25. SSteve
@22 Yes, Zoe and Wash were a great couple. Too bad that spells doom in a Joss Wheadon universe.
David Corless
26. phonos
I'm just disappointed that according to this episode Australia actually joined a world government - what happened to our anti-authoritarian attitude?
Earl Rogers
27. Diona the Lurker
What, no-one's mentioned Amy and Rory in Doctor Who as an example of a couple getting married and the show staying interesting? Okay, the show's based around the Doctor, not them, but still...
Earl Rogers
28. scifisiren
I also find it ludicrous that Starfleet (and the vast majority of television) seems to be 95% populated with middle-aged adults who have never been married.

And agreeing with above posters, Firefly had no trouble finding interesting stories for Zoe and Wash, likewise Doctor Who for Amy and Rory.
Earl Rogers
29. Heather Dunham
"To "stick the landing" is to end your routine perfectly, leaving the judges with a good feeling as they score it."

Not just a good feeling, there is a significant portion of the score dedicated to the landing -- how you land is largely a product of how well you executed the skills going into the landing, gauging your position in the air, applying forces just right, etc. It's kinda equivalent to a 'rip entry' for divers -- you can get a good score without one, but a *great* score really needs one, and it's a legitimate marker of perfect control.

(My son was a competitive gymnast for a few years...)

Anyway, somehow in my memory, this episode had gotten conflated with the earlier one where they fell in a pit and Crusher had a broken leg and Picard had to find the right roots to help her, etc. When I watched that one, I kept expecting them to have a telepathic link and proclaim their love for each other. I had very little actual recollection of this episode other than the Picard/Crusher relationship stuff.

Now, was I the only one who noticed that they made it through the Fireswamp? They had the flame spurts... and they even walked out of the caves at the end to find an (so they thought anyway) ambush waiting for them!
Rowan Blaze
30. rowanblaze
The Moonlighting/Northern Exposure Effect holds only for freshly resolved "unresolved sexual tension" (UST), so couples who are (happily) married at the beginning of a series don't count. The Washburns of Firefly—but also every married sitcom couple ever—are a good example of this. We can discuss UST couples in every genre, and it almost always seems that the show loses steam shortly afterwards. I propose that the cause-and-effect relationship may go the other way, though. Resolving sexual tension is a jump-the-shark moment in long running series that are already in decline. The sooner it is resolved, and the less the drama is derived from UST in the first place, the more successful the show seems to be post-UST. The latest experiment with this seems to be Castle. I was talking to a friend about this earlier this week. Extended UST is simply not realistic.

In the case of Picard and Crusher, it may or may not have "ruined" TNG (we'll never know). But I'm pretty sure everyone knew season 7 was the last season, so I don't know if it would have mattered. For the record, I agree with those that say married life is fun and exciting. I am happier with my lovely wife than I ever was without her. Of course, I am not traipsing through the galaxy or solving murders.

As far as Kesprytt needing to be a planet of hats before entry in the Federation vs. the concept of IDIC, Star Trek has covered multiple times the dangers violent splinter groups pose to the peace of a planet of the Federation. If the Prytt were violently opposed to the presence of the Feds, then they might fire upon Starfleet and civilian vessels alike; not to mention that the Federation might inadvertently provide the Kes the means to dominate the Prytt with technology or supplies, as they fear. I usually disagree with the Prime Directive as it is typically represented, but here it fits perfectly. Kesprytt doesn't need to be a homogenous society, but they do need to be able to work together peacefully before it is feasible for them to be part of the Federation.
Earl Rogers
31. strongbob25
So I know it's not a drama or sci fi, but a TV couple that has been married for a while now is Andy and April on Parks and Recreation. They got married near the beginning of season 3, I think, and they're on season 5 now, and they're still just as fun.

To a lesser extent there's Lilly and Marshall on How I Met Your Mother, as well.
Brickhouse MacLarge
32. Midnightair
I have no comment to make about relationships, as other people's doings, both onscreen, but mainly offscreen, bore me. I do however have a comment to make about the episode in question viz. Star Trek TNG Attached. It was very clear, especially in this episode, that Gates McFadden is a dancer. The way she places her feet:'(pointing her toes a lot), and strides is very balletic. This was especially apparent when she first entered the transporter in the beginning of the show. She almost did a plié on the transporter, her left foot being at right angles. I remember watching in tedium my sisters ballet lessons, and remember those feet positions vividly, so vividly in fact, that that is all I can comment on about this episode.
Earl Rogers
33. Bette
I'm a bit late on this but... how about Brennan and Booth from Bones? That show seems to be able to portray happy couples without jumping the shark (Angela and Hodgins too)
Earl Rogers
34. David Sim
Wasn't it a bit remiss of Worf not to confirm transport was successful after beaming Picard and Beverly down? But instead after the transport cycle is complete, he's all but ready to walk out the transporter room.
Earl Rogers
35. HawkFest
I liked Star Treck Next Generation very much, as much as I hated those soap-opera episodes, always promoting some propagandist societal dogma, like exagerated nihilism to the point of lying to and/or sacrifying one self (most often for peanuts or for the profit of an idiot or a clique of rogues for whom you never vote and who have the power over your lives - a contradiction btw, explaining the violence of our societies)... Which has nothing to do with Star Treck, and is totaly unrealistic given the "advancements" they've supposedly achieved in Star Treck Era... Even my GF found these epîsodes most annoying and sooooo over-the-top (because of their fundamental emptyness) : for her (and I think she's right), people turning their back and sacrifying their personal and itimate lives while thriving on mind games, makes up for such an empty life, along which most would NEED that kind of overly (and empty) emotionally acrobatic and boring episode (with all the camera shots suggesting vulgar sexual tension, another contradiction). In short : pitifull Soap Opera for the emotionally empty and ill stooge nurturing on such deviance to compensate (deviant just for the thrill of the emotion such deviance can provoke, like a vicious circle)... Like a desease of our generations thinking that they live in a Democracy while they're not, nothing to do with Sci-Fi (nor Star Treck), everything to do with propagenda....

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