This is a part of my reboot, to watch more TV/Films. As this is the 50th year of Star Trek, and it has been years since i last saw this series, its high time for a re-watch. I will jot down some thoughts as i watch each episode. may not make much sense to people, but these are mainly for personal reference.
Another embarrassing entry into the TNG archives. OK, they fact that women are stronger than the males and therefore dominant, is not the issue here - its a reflection of how women were seen in our world. It's not really the fact that the leader changes her mind after meeting Riker. No, its the clothing, especially when Riker dresses as one of them. Shudder.
The Enterprise is on its way to the neutral zone, when they have an obligation to investigate a distress beacon. Turns out a crew of a civilian ship was forced to land at Angel One, a world run by women. The survivors are seen as terrorists, subverting the ways of Angel One. The away team agrees to take them away with them, but the survivors do not wish to leave. Riker was going to force the extraction - but Data reminds him that he can not do so, as they are not part of Starfleet. However, Riker puts on the charm - get comfortable with the Leader - and the right result eventually happens. The terrorists will not be executed, but will instead be left in exile, with their families.
If that wasn't exciting enough, the whole of the Enterprise crew seems to be coming down with man-flu. It starts with Wesley and his friend, but quickly spreads. Doctor Crusher is flummoxed on how it could be spreading. Gerodi is the only one left on the bridge, and even he suffers. Data being immune is returned to the Enterprise from the away mission and runs the ship. Eventually Crusher finds a cure, and the man-flu is consigned to history once more. The Enterprise is able to get to the Neutral Zone at max warp in time. Hurrah.
All in all, a fairly forgettable episode, an embarrassing one as well, but not a stinker. 5/10 stars.