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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" Sarek (TV Episode 1990) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • 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, a daring alternative is conceived...

    - Written by KGF Vissers
  • The Enterprise is scheduled to host major treaty negotiations between the Federation and the Legarans. Representing the Federation is the legendary Vulcan, Ambassador Sarek who arrives on board with his wife, an Earth human by the name of Perrin. Things are not well above the Enterprise however. Crew members are frequently snapping at one another and at one point, a huge brawl breaks out in Ten Forward. They soon realize that this odd behavior coincided with Sarek's arrival on board ship. Dr. Crusher suspects he may be suffering from Bendai Syndrome, a form of mental degeneration. As the Legarans will only negotiate with Sarek, Captain Picard suggests a unique solution.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • 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.

    - Written by Akira <akira625@comcast.net>

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