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

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Roga Danar

8/10
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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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Conditioning.

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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Star Trek The Next Generation--The Hunted

9/10
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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One of Star Treks best.

9/10
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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