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
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The sociological side of the plot has a similar concept to the novel The Fixed Period, written in the 1880s by Anthony Trollope
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The boom can be seen reflected in the mirror in Lwaxanna's guest quarters as she talks to Deanna. A studio light is also reflected in the mirror. The shadow of the boom is then visible against the wall as Lwaxanna walks towards Deanna. See more
Counselor Deanna Troi
Counselor Deanna Troi, personal log, stardate 44805.3 - My mother is on board.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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