What?! What is this? Jeri Taylor, a female writer and producer joining the TNG creative staff? Man, talk about good timing. Even though Season 4 has given us some great episodes thus far, it's still carrying that "Women Haters" club banner with it's stories so intently focused on the male cast members that the female character can't even do their jobs. It's nice that after the departure of DC Fontana early on that TNG brought along another female talent into the creative process, and Jeri Taylor certainly has promise given that this is what the cast thought of her by the end of the series. You know TNG was bad when the female cast members say that it took a female writer and producer to show that the female characters mattered as characters. Let's see how Jeri handles her first outing! We open our episode with the crew discovering a lone survivor on a damaged alien ship. At first they think he's one of the aliens since he wears the same kind of uniform as the rest of the alien crew, but it turns out this boy was kidnapped when this race of aliens attacked a human colony, killed his parents and took the him so they could make him one of their own. Our heroes than decide that since he was kidnapped, he should rejoin human society. Problem is that this alien race is very strict and runs on a "women don't matter" stature which presents our crew with certain obstacles they must over come. So, this seems like a good opportunity to have our female characters take part in Jeremiah's development. Beverly herself raised her son essentially on her own and Troi can use her telepathic abilities to better understand Jeremiah's condition and how to better help him all while trying to have him adapt to the fact that women can have authority too. So in the briefing room, TROI: I don't think I can do anything, Captain. PICARD: Why not? CRUSHER: Troi's right. It's very clear that the boy does not respond well to women. DATA: The Talarians are a rigidly patriarchical society, sir. TROI: Jeremiah needs to build a relationship with a man, a father figure with whom he can explore his origins. And I think it should be you, Captain. Did this episode literally have Troi and Beverly say they can't do anything because they're women? And it gets better. The only relative that Jeremiah has is a star fleet admiral who just happens to be female! I'm sure that upon realizing this incredible discovery that there is a surviving member of her family who she thought was MURDERED that she and the boy will have the chance to meet and- HA! Just kidding. The crew just return the boy back to the aliens and the admiral will no doubt be lectured by Picard that this was the right thing to do and she should just get over it. She should be happy in knowing that her grandson is alive and happy in a culture that's openly sexist, cold-blooded and condone kidnapping children and making them one of their own. Happy endings all around! CONCLUSION: I've rarely thrown my my arms up in defeat at an episode, but after so much attention and focus has been dedicated to the male characters this season, having an episode where both the main female cast members say they don't work because they're women was just... WILL SOMEONE CUT THESE LADIES SOME SLACK ALREADY?!?! And Jono is nothing special either since he comes off more of an exaggerated "rebellious rock and roll" teenager with daddy issues. STINGER: Wesley gets creamed.