I don’t always watch the episode again when I’m doing a Star Trek Commission piece but I remembered The Perfect Mate as a good episode and was interested in revisiting it when this came up. Also, I needed to check out that dress though I don’t feel I got a good look at the bottom of it so I’ve gone with my own thing there. Also on the dress, I was particularly pleased with the way the veil came out here, I wasn’t sure how to tackle it but white watercolour pigments seem to do the trick.
Anyway, so I watched the episode again and it’s still a really good episode but I found myself considering it well after watching. I’m not really sure what it’s trying to raise here. Is it a commentary on arranged marriage because I’m not sure it applies in this given situation. Also, I think the concepts raised here aren’t really groundbreaking and maybe a little lazy. The episode actually probably worked better if Kamala was a man and it was a male “companion” being gifted. I think what saves this episode is a really strong performance from Patrick Stewart though for all his talk of non-interference Picard allows himself to get in a situation that biologically Kamala doesn’t seem to be able to avoid. Riker was able to do it so that should be a yard stick 😉