O is for the Outrageous Okona but who is he? In Star Trek TNG of "the outrageous okona" the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D encounters an unidentified vessel on the viewscreen. Worf eyes glint as he zeroes in on the spaceships co-ordinates at sector 3, 9, 5, 6, mark 0, 9, 1. Datas sensors scan for lifesigns and locate one humanoid on an interplanetary cargo ship. All is not what it seems. Data's readout confirms a burnout in the inertial guidance system explaining the little spacecrafts erratic flightpath and unconfirmed final destination.
Worf establishes hailing frequencies and Captain Picard allows
the pilot, Thadiun Okona to beam aboard with the malfunctioning part. Data's estimates repairs will take seven hours and sixteen minutes. So far so good. After friendly banter between Okona and Picard, Okona and Worf, tough guy Okona hands over all his weapons including a long heavy knife. Its interesting to note nearly every TNG character, including Data (struggle with humor) gets serviced in this episode which isn't an easy feat for any writer.
Meanwhile below decks, Okona is finally foot loose and fancy free,
fraternizing with several Enterprise females. Remember Teri Hatcher
from Lois and Clark and Desperate Housewives? Well as Okona's luck
played out in 2365, he got real friendly with a B.G. Robinson in the
Enterprise Transporter Room, if you know what I mean. Believe me, its
the same dame. Isn't she sweet?
At the time Hatcher starred as the transporter chief in her only
(uncredited) Star Trek appearance, who freely submits to Okona's
chatup lines. I can't believe the words "You have the majestic carriage and loveliness that could surely be traced back to the noble families who once ruled romantic lands with benevolent and tender hands." actually worked! Robinson was eating out of Okona's hand. In the end she's dishing out her room number!
When two alien ships track Okona's
flightpath co-ordinates, things get interesting for the Enterprise
bridgecrew. Who stole the the Jewel of Thesia and impregnated Altec's
daughter, Yanar? Picard needs answers fast!
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