Synopsis: Tasha kicks the bucket.
Memory Alpha Summary: Take some Metamucil first
Review: Poor Tasha begins the episode by discussing a ship wide MMA tournament she is planning. Not only would this have been awesome for Denise Crosby (who bemoaned the lack of action she had for a security officer), it would have been awesome for us viewers as well. I am guessing the inevitable Tasha vs. Worf championship showdown would have ended with Worf flat on his back (as usual) and Tasha winning despite displaying no apparent skill.
What we get instead is a black monster who is all things Cthulhu, only not scary. Tasha gets one of the most anticlimactic death scenes in the history of television. If we cared deeply for her, then such a death would be moving, and sincere. But we don’t, so it’s not. And then we find out she has a prepared holographic speech to give to all of her friends in case she died in the line of duty. If Tasha’s character had any depth, it would be heart wrenching. But she doesn’t, so it’s not. In her speech we find out about all the deep friendships she had with everyone on the crew despite the viewers never seeing any evidence of them to this point. She tells Data he looks at the world like a child does, which is essentially an epic smackdown of his sexual prowess. The most telling statement she has is for Worf, saying they are “so much alike.” Yup, that’s the first season for ya.