A friend of mine, @BlackUniGryphon who's just registered, and I were speculating about Star Trek: Picard and (spoilers for the upcoming series)... Spoiler who the identity of Dahj might be. I have no real idea other than I'm leaning heavily toward she's part-Borg, but BlackUniGryphon says Dahj might be Picard's daughter. I asked from where, and she mentioned "The Perfect Mate". An episode I hadn't seen since I was a kid... ... so we decided to rewatch "The Perfect Mate". All I could think of was two things: first -- as has been mentioned before -- how much it reminded me of TOS's "Elaan of Troyus" and second, that Picard and Kamala were... involved. Something that I, as a 12-year-old when this aired, never would've picked up on at the time because they were very careful to keep everything implicit instead of explicit. What it highlights is the difference between Kirk and Picard. Picard is obsessed with appearing proper down to a fault. Whereas Kirk would never shy away from romancing someone he was interested in. But Elaan, the Dohlman of Elas couldn't be any different from Kamala. Kamala seemed born for marriage. Whereas Elaan seemed to find the very concept repugnant. Especially if it's pre-arranged. Kamala has pheromones that make any male attracted to her. First Riker, who leaves immediately, and then Picard who tries to resist with all his strength. Elaan makes men attracted to her by crying and by having men touch her tears. Kirk tried to comfort Elaan, which is why he touched the tears. Picard would've consoled her but wouldn't have touched her in his proper state of mind. Which might've been why pheromones were used in "The Perfect Mate" since Picard wouldn't have to touch Kamala to be effected by them. There are some more similarities between the other two episodes as well. In both episodes, the Ambassador is attacked. In "Elaan of Troyius", it's by the Dohlman herself. In "The Perfect Mate" is by Ferengi, who are immediately escorted off the ship. In this episode of series Streaming to the Stars, that we host and produce, we talk about the similarities been the two episodes at greater length and compare and contrast how TOS and TNG approach the same type of episode. Be warned that there are spoilers for the first trailer for Star Trek: Picard during the discussion. I also give a shout out to TrekBBS at the end. What do you think about the similarities and differences between "The Perfect Mate" and "Elaan of Troyius"? Or, incidentally, anything that we speculated about in regards to Star Trek: Picard?