Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2, Episode 19

Manhunt (17 Jun. 1989)

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The Enterprise is transporting delegates to a diplomatic conference dealing with Federation membership. Counselor Troi is more than just a bit embarrassed when her mother Lwaxanna, as ... See full summary »



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The Enterprise is transporting delegates to a diplomatic conference dealing with Federation membership. Counselor Troi is more than just a bit embarrassed when her mother Lwaxanna, as outrageous as ever, arrives on board the Enterprise. She is the official Ambassador from Betazed but that isn't the only reason she is there. She is going through 'The Phase', a time in her life when her sexual drive increases fourfold. She's clearly got her eyes on the Captain who decides to take refuge on the holodeck as private detective Dixon Hill. With him away, she announces that Commander Riker is her next target and he soon joins the Captain on the holodeck. She tracks them down but her sudden interest in a holodeck character serves to rescue the Captain and his First Officer. Written by garykmcd

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When Picard enters the holodeck, Madeline makes a comment that he acts as if he hadn't seen her in a year. The last time Picard was in the holodeck as Dixon Hill was in fact over a year earlier. See more »


If Lwaxana is a powerful telepath, then there is no need for Deanna Troi to have a conversation in the hallway when she and her mother could communicate by thought. She simply prefers this method of communication at times. See more »


Lwaxana Troi: [telepathically, of Riker] Is he still yours?
Counselor Troi: [telepathically] Humans no longer own each other that way, Mother.
Lwaxana Troi: Really? That's a custom we may have to introduce again.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Haven (1987) See more »


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18 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Manhunt" is basically another Next Gen episode catering to Mrs. Roddenberry, who is always a hoot although it doesn't really add anything particularly interesting to the show itself, although she does get to save a specific admiral's conference from being blown to smithereens by assassins (they look like Fish Creatures) masquerading as delegates with potential in joining the Federation. Lwaxana Troi (Majel Barrett) is going through "the phase", something akin to human female menopause, except in her case overcharged sex drive (!), looking for a mate aboard the Enterprise to marry. That's pretty much it for the exception of following Picard (hiding from Lwaxana who eyes him as a possible suitor!) on the Holodeck in the fictional role of a private detective before WWII, Dix, and his desire to have a comfortable time of it before the ship reaches the planet of the conference. This is essentially an episode that is playful and undemanding on an intellectual level, allowing Barrett to have fun with her bluntly honest, toxically aggressive Lwaxana character. If anything, it was hilarious seeing Deanna squirm when Lwaxana abruptly declares her marriage to Riker without his knowledge! Worf's moments with the Fish Creature Delegates (he considers them a handsome race!), including a scene with Wesley, are some of my favorites during the episode. Pulaski (Diana Muldaur) wanting Troi to allow Picard to get out of his dinner engagement with Lwaxana, without her help, is also pretty funny (it comments on the hunt, the hunted and the hunter). The Antedeans are a fascinating creation, I must say, and their catatonic incubation period, the feeding frenzy that erupts once they awaken, and the constant references to them keeps them alive during the episode when it could have been completely overwhelmed by Lwaxana. Seeing Lwaxana talk to the computer, asking for directions to the Holodeck to find Picard (the computer is her voice!), is simply surreal...

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