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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" The Hunted (1990)

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Star Trek The Next Generation--The Hunted

Author: Scarecrow-88 from United States
13 April 2013

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I think The Hunted is super cool if just because Danar is able to circumvent every tactic and attempt by the Enterprise crew to capture and stop him. Danar has been built by the Angosian race to be the perfect soldier to help their military win a war, then exiled like his fellow killing machine soldiers to a prison settlement on Lunar V. Oh, they are well fed and treated with fine accommodations on the settlement but still deprived of freedoms those of his people have(who weren't genetically, physically, or behaviorally altered for the rigors and expectations of a bloody war). Danar escapes because he's tired of living imprisoned; this sentiment is felt by his like-minded soldiers who want to return home and have freedoms they've been deprived. Data and Troi become sympathetic to Danar when they realize that he's been programmed by scientists and then abandoned by them (or as Picard feels, "they turned their backs on him") after their victory of the war. It is then debated as to whether or not the scientists of Angosia can reverse the process and remove the protective impulse to kill when a threat presents itself. The whole start of the episode was Angosia wanting to become part of the United Federation of Planets. Their application process would perhaps be determined successful/unsuccessful upon the away team from the Enterprise seeing the Angosian way of life, their governmental structure, the political structure, so one and so forth. Danar's escape certainly throws a monkey wrench into these plans. Seeing Danar reduce the Enterprise security to fallen bodies and equip himself nicely in a battle with Worf (Worf even comments, in respect to his battling capabilities, that he must have Klingon blood; this was a nice spot), not to mention, move about the ship, creating elaborate means to avoid capture, is just exciting and thrilling to watch for this Trekkie. Danar's scenes with Data and Troi are also noteworthy; the way the actor, Jeff McCarthy, shows the "duality" existing within him, the torture of being a non-violent man trapped in a human killing machine, it adds dramatic weight when in conversation with Troi and Data, for we sense his immediate cynicism give way to open revelations on how he is burdened, desiring to be free to live without having to kill when the impulse overtakes him. James Cromwell has an early Trek appearance as the Angosian Prime Minister just wanting the likes of Danar to stay far away from his pacifist society.

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Die Hard meets Full Metal Jacket in space

Author: B_sides_B from Belgium
28 August 2015

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In my opinion this is one of The Next Generation's best and most underestimated episodes (it's somehow never in anyone's top 10). First of all it is very exciting. The Enterprise crew and Danar are playing cat and mouse, with Danar always one step ahead. In this game of tactics many rooms, corridors, Jefferies tubes, the shields and the transporter of the Enterprise are used, as well as a small spaceship and some objects in space. Danar's guerrilla tactics on board the Enterprise remind me of another great episode a few seasons later, namely Starship Mine, where Picard in a way takes over Danar's role.

Apart from all the "Die Hard-like" action scenes, there is also an interesting idea at the basis of The Hunted. It is about what to do with people after they come home from a war and have been turned into dangerous weapons. What is the responsibility of the government and society when soldiers have been dehumanized by war, military conditioning and technology? It is more or less the message of the first Rambo movie or Full Metal Jacket.

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Made to Serve

Author: Hitchcoc from United States
16 August 2014

Through genetic engineering a planetary race, which is applying for a position in the Federation, has been producing soldiers to fight their battles. What has happened is that they have ignored the fact that these are sentient beings who have the same desires and hopes as their own. One of them escapes and through a series of circumstances finds himself on the Enterprise. Picard, taking the side of the oppressors because of ignorance has him captured and put in isolation. What they don't realize is the ingenuity of this battle ready being who is really formidable. Picard runs somewhat afoul of the people he is negotiating with as he realizes there are two sides to this story. The smug people are extremely comfortable letting these poor men fight for them and have no intention of giving them anything. Picard often uses the most solid form of action which is inaction. Another third season gem.

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Roga Danar

Author: gritfrombray-1 from Ireland
8 June 2007

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The Enterprise is negotiating a planet's membership into the Federation. When a prisoner from a lunar prison escapes Picard offers assistance in locating this 'deviant'. He is quickly located through a small academy trick of Commander Riker's. when eventually in a holding cell Roga Danar talks with several crew members and opinion begins to grow among the officers that this man is no criminal but in fact is a conditioned soldier no longer allowed back into society. Picard is by Federation law, not allowed to interfere with the planet's laws and is, after advice from his crew mates eventually made wash his hands of the prisoner. Danar is crafty however and escapes. This episode had harrowing similarities to many of the mentally scarred soldiers from the Vietnamese wars. Upon arriving in the Capital City Picard argues with the Prime Minister who has made it clear that the affair is nothing to do with the Federation. Moments later Danar and several escapees from the Lunar Colony interrupt and make it clear they refuse to return to the Colony. When the Prime Minister asks for help Picard says in his own words, this is not their affair and the Enterprise crew members depart.

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Author: russem31 from United States
17 April 2006

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ST:TNG:59 - "The Hunted" (Stardate: 43489.2) - this is the 11th episode of the 3rd season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

This episode is about government conditioning of their soldiers - basically because they were conditioned, when they were finished with their tour of duty, they couldn't cope with the new post-war way of life and were thus sent to a correctional prison facility on Luna V where they can never leave (as their government says "for their own protection).

Of course this episode is a commentary on conditioning by governments of our own past and present and how it's wrong.

Guest starring is the talented actor James Cromwell as Prime Minister Nayrok (he would later return to the Star Trek universe in the TNG episodes "Birthright Parts I and II" as Jaglom Shrek and Star Trek: First Contact and the "Enterprise" pilot episode "Broken Bow Part I" as Zephram Cochrane).

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Its parallel to today is obvious and compelling.

Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
16 November 2014

The Angosians are applying for membership in the Federation and so the Enterprise is approaching their planet. However, an escaped prisoner escapes and the Enterprise is asked to help capture him. The guy turns out to be EXTREMELY tricky and it's obvious he's not just some ordinary being. When captured by the Enterprise, they soon learn that he's undergone a lot of bio- engineering in order to make him the perfect soldier. Interestingly, they soon learn that the man hadn't actually committed crimes but was a soldier who has deliberately been made into this dangerous being. And, instead of trying to deprogram the man, the Angosians simply have banished him and their other soldiers to a penal colony!

Like many episodes of "Star Trek", this one is obviously intended as a parallel to today. It's obvious that it's intended as a lesson about PTSD and society's need to fix these broken warriors. It does have a great point to make and is very effective overall. One of the better season two episodes.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

One of Star Treks best.

Author: laclone from Jacksonville, Fl.
3 January 2014

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I have to admit that this is one of my favorite episodes of the entire series.

One aspect of the plot is something we've seen many times before. Some planet/race has requested membership to the Federation, and the Enterprise is sent to evaluate and report on their findings.

But a wrench is thrown into the process when a prisoner escapes from a lunar prison facility, and the government request the Enterprise's help in re-capturing him. With some difficulty, they do so. Only now they find that the prisoner, a veteran of a previous war, had committed no crimes, and was sent to prison only because he was now considered by the citizens of his home world as now simply being undesirable to be allowed to return to normal society.

A particularly great twist in the plot is that, after so many times before we've seen the Prime Directive take a back-seat to the desire of the crew to help other cultures, we now get to see it used to keep the Federation out from interfering with situation that the native government has brought upon itself.

And a most deservedly so situation it is!

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