Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4, Episode 22

Half a Life (4 May 1991)

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Counselor Troi's mother visits the Enterprise and becomes infatuated with a man whose culture forces him into a suicidal ritual called "The Resolution."



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The Enterprise has two special visitors: first Counselor Deanna Troi's terribly flippant, meddling mother, Betazoid ambassador Lwaxana Troi, then also top researcher Dr. Timicin, who comes to try help his home planet Kelon 2 revitalize its since generations dying sun with helium emission and photon torpedoes. Both guests prove meeting opposites, falling in love. The experiment is a partial success, only promising scientific progress without immediate results. Alas the minister in charge refuses to allow Timicin to continue: their law dictates he must commit ritual suicide, called 'the resolution' when he turns 60 in a few days being then considered a burden for the younger generations, despite his excellent condition of mind and body. Picard has no choice but accept under the Prime Directive, Lwaxana tries to convince her flame by emotions and reason, as nobody is better qualified to continue the crucial research, which strikes a cord... Written by KGF Vissers

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This episode was likely inspired by the novel "Pebble in the Sky" by the famous scifi author Isaac Asimov, which depicts a future Earth in which the inhabitants were also required to end their lives at the age of 60 as depicted in the alien world in this episode. See more »


When Lwaxana welcomes Timicin in the transporter room, Picard - behind her - has his hands folded in front of him. When the camera changes, his arms are hanging down. See more »


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Counselor Deanna Troi: Counselor Deanna Troi, personal log, stardate 44805.3 - My mother is on board.
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References M*A*S*H (1972) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Honor thy father...
20 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When the episode begins, the always annoying Lwaxana Troi (Majel Barrett) is on the Enterprise. However, her constant sexual harassment of the Captain is stopped when a scientist named Timicin (David Ogden Stiers) comes aboard. She is instantly smitten and chases him with her usual subtlety. Surprisingly, this very mild- mannered man responds to her advances and they soon end up spending a lot of time together. A perfect relationship, however, is not the in the works, as Timicin comes from an odd-ball planet--one that expects all of its citizens to kill themselves at age 60--and he is soon approaching that dreaded age. Lwaxana implores him to ignore this unwritten law and live out his final years with her. He expects to kill himself, but soon realizes that if he dies, his important work which might save his planet might be set back significantly.

I appreciate this episode about euthanasia, as it is timely and talks about human value. I also appreciate that you get to see Lwaxana emoting with a wider range--not just the usual bubble-headed and annoying personality but a woman dealing with rage and sadness. Overall, well worth seeing and a bit like "Logan's Run" but without all the stupid stuff.

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