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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Ambassador Ves Alkar (as Chip Lucia)
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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 warring 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 ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Marina Sirtis' evening dress was later auctioned off on eBay. See more »

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When Picard talks to Alkar on the planet, the boom can be seen at the top shortly before Alkar tells Picard about his ability to channel his unwanted emotions to others. See more »

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Ambassador Ves Alkar: [Lumerian funeral meditation] Rohm gah, sevi rohm. An end to grief. An end to pain. Strength comes from love. And courage from wisdom.
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One of the Worse Episodes
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There is little to like about this episode other than how it ends and it is one of the most prototypical 'filler' episode.

This episode introduces Ambassador Alkar, a peace negotiator with a unique ability. He has the power to take all of his negative emotions and channel them through people with telepathic abilities. This channeling of emotions passes the negativity onto his victims, whom he so callously refers to as 'receptacles,' making them unpleasant, aging them rapidly and killing them. He justifies the entire process by claiming that the death of a receptacle is a small price for establishing peace between cultures.

While on the Enterprise, Alkar's receptacle, who he tells the crew is his mother, dies. He establishes a link with Troi, who immediately begins acting very angry. It takes only a couple days for Troi to age almost to her death. When Picard confronts Alkar, he is met with extreme egotism and false justification.

The only thing good that happens is at the end of the episode. Alkar is quite possibly one of the most vile characters ever on Star Trek. The only thing worse than his ability is the way he justifies it and still demands protection from Picard. When Dr. Crusher reverses what he does, there are very few moments in Star Trek as satisfying as when Alkar ages and dies within a minute as Worf watches. The only thing that hurts the viewer is that Worf is way to honorable to laugh at Alkar in Nelson Muntz style as he dies.


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