Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3, Episode 23

Sarek (12 May 1990)

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Legendary Federation ambassador Sarek visits the Enterprise to conclude peace talks with a race called the Legarans. His arrival is accompanied with a rash of unusual emotional outbursts among the crew.



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Episode credited cast:
William Denis ...
Ki Aloysius Mendrossen
Science Crewman
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Science Officer / Cellist


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 KGF Vissers

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This takes place in 2366. 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 »


[Sarek and his party have arrived on the Enterprise]
Commander William T. Riker: The way Mendrossen described him, I expected to see a frail old man.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I hope *I'm* that frail when I'm 202 years old.
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References Star Trek: Journey to Babel (1967) See more »


String Quartet No. 19 in C major, Disonant, K. 465: I. Adagio. Allegro
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Even Vulcans Get Old
18 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A major treaty is about to be forged and it will be the crowning achievement of Sarek, the father of Spock. When he arrives on the Enterprise, it is obvious that his entourage is being incredibly protective of him. His second wife, once again an Earth woman, is privy to a situation that is changing the great man for the worse. He has a condition that often comes to Vulcan men when they reach their 200th birthday and beyond. He has begun to lose some of his basic faculties and she is aware of this. He is determined to put this negotiating feather in his cap, however. Unfortunately, because he has powers of telepathy, the disease is causing disarray on the Enterprise. Crew members get into fights. They are edgy and angry. There's even near fisticuffs with Geordi and Wesley, pushing and shoving until Riker breaks it up. It's obvious that Sarek is in no condition to carry on with this effort because he, himself, is also showing a violent streak. What will they do? This is a very good episode during a really impressive season.

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