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Natasha "Tasha" Yar is a fictional character that mainly appeared in the first season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Portrayed by Denise Crosby, Yar is chief of security aboard the Starfleet starship USS Enterprise-D and carries the rank of lieutenant. The character's concept was based upon the character of Vasquez from the film Aliens (1986). Following further development, she became known first as Tanya, and then Tasha. Crosby had auditioned for the role of Deanna Troi, while Rosalind Chao became a favorite for Tasha. After Marina Sirtis auditioned for the role, the series' creator Gene Roddenberry decided to switch the roles for the actresses, with Sirtis becoming Troi and Crosby becoming Yar. Chao would later appear on the series in a recurring role as Keiko O'Brien.

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She was described as a forerunner to other strong women in science fiction, such as Kara Thrace from the 2004 version of Battlestar Galactica, while providing a step between the appearances of female characters on The Original Series to the command positions they have on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Voyager. Questions were raised[by whom?] over the sexuality of the character, and it was thought[by whom?] that the events in the episode "The Naked Now" were designed to establish her heterosexuality.[citation needed] The manner of her first death was received with mostly negative reviews. One critic called it typical of the death of a Star Trek security officer, and the scene was also included in a list of tasteless sci-fi deaths.

Before the end of the first season, Crosby asked to be released from her contract as she was unhappy that her character was not being developed. She later said "I was miserable. I couldn't wait to get off that show. I was dying".[8] Roddenberry agreed to her request and she left on good terms.[9] The final episode she filmed was "Symbiosis", which was completed after Yar's death in "Skin of Evil". Her last scene was during the final act of the episode, in which a holographic farewell recording of her is played for the bridge crew. After her departure, archive footage of Crosby as Yar was used in the episodes "The Schizoid Man" and "Shades of Gray".[10][11]

Yar forms part of the away team that beams down to Vagra II to rescue Deanna Troi from a crashed shuttlecraft in "Skin of Evil". She is killed by the creature Armus in a display of his power. The crew hold a memorial service for her on the holodeck, and Worf replaces her as chief tactical and security officer.[21] After her death it is revealed that Data keeps a small hologram of her in his quarters.[22] Despite Data's lack of emotions, he is described by reviewers as being sentimentally attached to her image.[23] During the court hearing on Data's stature as a sentient being in "The Measure of a Man", he explains that he and Yar were intimate and that she was special to him.[22]

Fans responded negatively to the departure of Yar as they felt that the character had potential for future expansion.[37] Reviewers were also critical of the manner of Yar's death. Keith DeCandido called it "pointless", but thought that it was no worse than the deaths of other security officer "redshirts" throughout the history of Star Trek.[28] He said that he preferred her death in "Skin of Evil" to the "clichéd-up-the-wazoo" death she experienced in "Yesterday's Enterprise".[28] Gary Westfahl, in his book Space and Beyond: The Frontier Theme in Science Fiction, described Yar's death as one of the most notable ones in Star Trek, alongside that of Spock in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and James T. Kirk in Star Trek Generations.[38] SFX magazine included her first death in a 2012 list of the top 21 "Naff Sci-Fi Deaths",[39] while the Chicago Sun-Times described her death in "Yesterday's Enterprise" as a "hero's death".[40]

As the Galactic Alliance prisoners were being transported to safety, however, Yuuzhan Vong reinforcements struck. Flying new craft, the arrivals took the Galactic Alliance starfighter squadrons by surprise. Rar joined Solo in covering the retreat of the Millennium Falcon, which successfully escaped, but in total Twin Suns Squadron lost five of its pilots. The ravaged squadron protected the surviving transports as they retreated. Traveling from the Tantara system to Kashyyyk and thence to Dac itself, Rar's arrival, along with that of the rest of the squadron, went largely unnoticed by the public. The Galactic Alliance military was readying itself for the campaign to retake Coruscant from the Yuuzhan Vong, but the depleted Jedi Order had its own agenda. Luke Skywalker, his wife, Corran Horn, Tahiri Veila, and several others had been incommunicado on a hunt for the living world Zonama Sekot, which was thought to hold the solution to the mystery of the Yuuzhan Vong, due to the fact that it had successfully defended itself against a prior Yuuzhan Vong invasion fifty years previously.[22]

Rar grew disorientated as she attempted to satisfy Organa Solo with a working truth. Eventually, the Twi'lek snapped at the older woman, losing control and shouting that the Solos would have nothing to fear so long as they did not interfere with Lomi Plo's plans, although she only referred to Gorog obliquely. The departure of the Solos from Colony space, however, was not security enough for Plo; if the Solos reported the Gorog attack on Sebatyne to Skywalker, Plo felt that her scheme would come under threat. Therefore the Twi'lek was instructed to sabotage the Millennium Falcon and rid the Gorog nest of the Solos once and for all. While the light freighter was in hyperspace, Rar sabotaged the Millennium Falcon's hyperdrive, causing it to exit hyperspace in Colony space, where a swarm of Gorog dartships began to converge on the light freighter. To Rar's surprise, and despite her attempts to convince Han Solo that the dartships meant no harm, the Corellian took the light freighter into lightspeed at half power.[8]

Soon, she detected another presence, that of Zekk, who was moving through the nearby lobby. Rar singled him out as a target of opportunity, readying her blowgun, only to discover Jedi Master Corran Horn standing behind her. Horn demanded Rar's surrender, and merely plucked her dart from the air when she fired upon him. The two ignited their lightsabers, and the denizens of the lobby applauded, expecting a mock-duel. As Zekk closed in, Rar hurled her lightsaber at a chandelier, forcing Zekk and Horn to save numerous patrons from being crushed. The Twi'lek made her escape, only to be confronted by Organa Solo in a long corridor, with Jaina Solo closing in behind. Panicked, and abandoning her quest to kill Han Solo in front of his wife, Rar fired her blowgun at Organa Solo, only to have the dart Force-pushed back into her mouth with near-fatal consequences. The trapped Twi'lek fled, making her way to a cargo bay, where she was shot in the left clavicle by Jagged Fel. In great pain, the Twi'lek hurled her former squadron-mate into a stack of cargo crates and rushed into the hangar bay. Desperately searching for a ship, Rar boarded the Duracrud, to which she knew the codes. Galactic Alliance regulations enabled the vessel's departure despite Terrik's best efforts, as it was technically assigned to the military. In the YV-666, Rar fled the scene of her latest conflict.[28]

Days later, she communicated with Lavint for the last time, demanding the location of the Solos. The smuggler informed her that a meeting of Confederation leaders was taking place in the Gilatter system, at a resort satellite over the gas giant Gilatter VIII, and that the Solos would doubtlessly be present. Rar journeyed to the resort satellite, leaving the Duracrud in orbit above the station with a command code keyed into it, which at Rar's activation would trigger the YV-666's self-destructive dive into the resort satellite. Having set up this contingency, the mutilated Twi'lek infiltrated the station with ease, utilizing her Killik abilities to hide her presence. Soon after her arrival, a disguised Jacen Solo entered the resort's main chamber, hoping to eliminate the Confederation leaders. In fact, Gilatter VIII was a trap, and security forces converged upon Solo. Disappointed, Rar was on the point of leaving when she detected Organa Solo as well as Luke and Mara Jade Skywalker. With all of her targets about to arrive in one place, Rar triggered the Duracrud's final descent, before preparing to move out of her hiding place to attack her adversaries.[28]

Jade arrived on Gepparin and was brought to meet the Commodore, who was suspicious of her. That evening, Jade was attacked by the two ISB men, who had been ordered to eliminate her, and their attack attracted the pirates' attention. She attempted to deal with the commodore, who ignored her and had his pirate accomplice Caaldra kill her. His attempt was unsuccessful, but she was interrupted before she could stop him and the commodore. Aboard the Reprisal, Ozzel and Somoril, wanting to be sure she was slain, arrived over Gepparin and launched TIE fighters and an orbital bombardment to kill Mara and the pirates. Jade quickly raced to the command center and found the commodore's body next to a HoloNet message he was about to send to Shelkonwa. She shot down the TIE fighters, and the Reprisal left in pursuit of the Millennium Falcon and their rogue stormtroopers who had appeared in-system, allowing her to escape in a Z-10 Seeker.[17]Journeying to Shelkonwa, she found Vader and the Executor already there in search of Rebel leader Leia Organa. Jade believed that Governor Barshnis Choard was a traitor, and informed Vader of her findings. The Dark Lord of the Sith brooked no interference in his search, but he did allow Jade to investigate and deal with Choard. Upon landing, Caaldra attacked her with a purloined All Terrain Scout Transport, but she was aided by the group of rogue stormtroopers, dubbed the Hand of Judgment and led by Daric LaRone. Taking them under her command, she defeated the AT-ST, unknowingly with the help of Chewbacca in a freighter, but Caaldra had escaped. With her newly drafted stormtroopers, she advanced on the governor's palace, where once again Caaldra tried to kill her. She put an end to him when he tried to shoot her and she redirected the bolt into him with her lightsaber. In the meantime, the Hand of Judgment had penetrated the governor's security. Linking back up with the Hand of Judgment, Jade arrested Governor Choard and vouched for the rogue stormtroopers, even in front of Vader. Later, she learned their true story. She let them go, but warned them to lie low and lose their Hand of Judgment name, saying she was the only Hand in the Empire.[17]


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