Spock's father Sarek, the legendary Vulcan ambassador, now remarried to another earth-woman, Perrin, boards the Enterprise to crown his career -before retiring- by finalizing painstakingly prepared peace negotiations with the Legarans. His chief of staff and personal assistant asked Sarek to be given maximal rest in view of his weak health, but he insists to attend the ship's Mozart concert starring Data as violin soloist in his honor, and is seen there to cry, unseen for a Vulcan. The next days ever more crew members display unprovoked aggression, even towards friends and relatives. Data gets an entourage member to confirm a medical theory: Sarek is affected by the rare 'bendai syndrome', which causes old Vulcans to loose their most-prized emotional self-control, and telepathically spreads the epidemic. Picard must think of the negotiations with the probably susceptible Legarians, which cannot be delayed, while Sarek denies his condition, alas tellingly emotionally; once he admits it... Written by
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The script originally involved another ambassador, but the writers decided to use Sarek to "bring home the idea that even the greatest of men is subject to mental illness." See more
The crew are entertained by a recital that starts with a Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
string quartet, as promised. This needs four players: two violins, viola and cello. The piece that causes Sarek's tear is in fact Johannes Brahms
' Sextet #1 - which would require six players, i.e. an additional viola and cello. See more
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
It's ironic, isn't it? All this magnificent technology, and we still find ourselves susceptible to the ravages of old age... loss of dignity... the slow betrayal of our bodies by forces we cannot master. Do you still want to be one of us, Data?
String Quartet No. 19 in C major, Disonant, K. 465: I. Adagio. Allegro
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart See more