Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 6, Episode 3

Man of the People (3 Oct. 1992)

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When the Enterprise comes to the rescue of an ambassador and his "mother", Deanna finds herself attracted to him, and seeks to comfort him upon her death.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Lucia ...
Ambassador Ves Alkar (as Chip Lucia)
George Wallace ...
Admiral Simons (as George D. Wallace)
Ensign Janeway
Susan French ...
Sev Maylor


The Enterprise comes to the rescue of a transport ship after it is attacked while carrying Ambassador Ves Alkar to a mediation between two constantly waring planets. Alkar asks for another freighter to avoid a military appearance but Admiral Simons agrees security requires Picard remains his host. Alkar arrives with his 93-year old mother, a witch whose aggression and warnings not to have close contact with Ves are rather scary, as her hateful thoughts are to Troi, but soon she is found dead in his quarters. Dr. Crusher doubts a natural cause of death, but without danger to the ship, Picard must respect the ambassador's objection against an autopsy on traditional grounds. Troi accepts to partake in a ceremony requiring empathy, after which she turns much more emotional, irritated and seductive, even scratching her lover Riker. Troi is also aging rapidly, so now Picard allows an autopsy, which proves the late Sev Maylor is no genetic relative of Alkar, who admits the joining drains the... Written by KGF Vissers

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Commander William T. Riker: I'm closer to Deanna than I've ever been to anyone, but last night, she was someone that I had never seen before.
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Dorian Grey
28 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

ST:TNG:129 - "Man Of The People" (Stardate: 46071.6) - this is the 3rd episode of the 6th season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

In what I dub the "Dorian Grey" episode, here we see the Enterprise come to the rescue of a ship called Dorian, which was attacked while transporting the Lumerian Ambassador Ramid Ves Alkar to peace talks. When his elderly "mother" dies, Counselor Troi consoles him by performing the "funeral rights".

In the process, Counslor Troi starts becoming very wicked and aging quickly. It turns out his negative emotions are empathically transferred to Troi thereby allowing him to remain serene and calm.

Can the Enterprise find a way to save Troi in another great 6th season episode? Note: Great use of suspense music by Dennis McCarthy. Patti Yasutake makes another appearance as Nurse Alyssa Ogawa.

Trivia: we see Worf's martial arts class again. We also see Troi doing crew evaluation reports with Riker. Also, Troi mentions "Imzadi" again to Riker.

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