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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Rod Serling wrote a script for Twilight Zone (1959) (a show with many connections to the Star Trek universe, in both plot ideas and actors) called The Happy Place, about a society which executes any citizen who turns 60, but it was never filmed on that show. See more »

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Occasionally, we can see the obvious seam of the Timicin's forehead and the hair/bald head apparatus worn by David Ogden Stiers. 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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This episode paints Lwaxana Troi in a more serious light as she fall for a supremely gifted engineer, played by David Ogden Stiers (Charles Emerson Winchester of the show MASH). He is aboard the enterprise to see the results of a theoretical lifelong effort, having to do with stabilizing a star's volatility. Mrs. Troi sees his kindness and his seriousness as very attractive. She tries to help him enjoy life. As they become closer, a serious fact is revealed. He comes from a planet where people are euthanized at a certain age. He has reached that age. He is suddenly faced with the reality that his work could continue and he could have a life with Lwaxana, but to do so would force him to turn his back on his people, including his daughter. This is supposedly for the good of his world, or was at one time. Now, it just is what it is. A part of what they are. Of course, I don't buy into this stuff so I'm a poor arbiter. Some have said that at some point we may be faced with this. If we are, it's because we have ignored all the possibilities that would have prevented it. Religion is probably the most dangerous, but I will stay off that soap box. We need to control population by not producing so many children (and I'm not talking about abortion). Anyway, I felt very sad as I watched this because the inhabitants of the planet had no respect for intellectual achievement and a person's soul.


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