Tread Perilously continues its 50th anniversary celebration of Star Trek with one of the worst regarded episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation: “Code of Honor.”
The Enterprise goes to Ligon II to open trade with its inhabitants and secure a vaccine for a fever plaguing other Federation worlds. When the planet’s leader, Lutan, kidnaps Lt. Yar, Picard must navigate the customs of Ligonian culture to secure the release of his security chief. If he fails, he will be left with no treaty, no vaccine and no Lt. Yar.
Erik and Justin once again enter the minefield of overt racism as episode director Russ Mayberry made the choice to turn Ligon into a space version of the darkest Africa stereotype from pulp novels and B-pictures. There’s also a side order of chauvinism as Lt. Yar is largely absent from her own story. Meanwhile, the strange scenes re-introducing the main cast give Erik and Justin an excuse to talk about the characters as they were first envisioned. They also try to figure out why Worf is missing.