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Lieutenant Natasha "Tasha" Yar, played by Denise Crosby, is a character in Star Trek: The Next Generation.[1] In the fictional series, the character served as chief of security aboard the USS Enterprise-D for the first season.[1]

Crosby left the series near the end of first season, but reprised the role in "Yesterday's Enterprise" and "All Good Things...".[1]


Development and casting

Inspired by the character of Vasquez in Aliens,[2] the character was originally to be named 'Macha Hernandez'[3][2] and was set to be played by Jenette Goldstein.[4] Goldstein was replaced by Marina Sirtis.[4] At that time, Denise Crosby was set to play Deanna Troi,[5] but she and Sirtis switched roles before production began.[4][6]

Story overview

The back story for the character states that Natasha (Tasha) Yar (Ukrainian: Наташа "Таша" Яр), of Ukrainian descent, was born on Turkana IV, a colony that fell into chaos and eventually severed ties to the United Federation of Planets.[1] Tasha learned to defend herself on the streets and avoid rape gangs.[1] She left Turkana IV at age 15, leaving her younger sister Ishara behind, and later attended Starfleet Academy.[1]

After watching Yar cross a minefield to save a colonist, Jean-Luc Picard requested that she be assigned to his next command.[1] She later becomes chief of security and chief tactical officer aboard the USS Enterprise-D, some time prior to the beginning of the series.[1]

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