The Enterprise reaches out to an alien being, while dancing around with the Romulans, who want to attack it in an act of vengeance.



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Captain Robert DeSoto
Peter Vogt ...
Romulan Commander


While the Enterprise is on a mission to a future supernova, they get a visit from Tam Elbrun, well-acquainted with Counselor Deanna Troi and a specialist in contacts with aliens. Their actual target is 'tin-man', a space vessel which is believed to be an organic creature, yet no manufactured cyborg, but can't be contacted except hopefully telepathically, a task even Elbrun failed at so far, which seems to work dangerously on his temper, while he has the rare medical condition that his mind-reading ability is by default on, which progressively builds up excessive stress, so he finds only android Data relaxing company. Meanwhile the Romulans, who monitor every probe in the space zone, have already sent two space ships, and then the Enterprise senses a ship of unseen power. Troi finds out more about Elbrun and 'tin man' and Data about the Romulans' ruthless orders... Written by KGF Vissers

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21 April 1990 (USA)  »

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The sound effects for the alien ship were produced by having a stage crew member eat half a large pizza and then sit quietly with dermal microphones taped to his stomach to record the sounds of his digestive process. See more »


Capt. DeSoto's first name is "Robert" here, even though he is referred to as Captain Jonathan DeSoto in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint. Possibly his initials are "J.R.". See more »


Tam Elbrun: Beautiful creatures, the Chandrans. Their minds are glacial. They have a lovely three-day ritual for saying 'hello'.
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Edited from Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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17 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A gigantic organic spacecraft has come to the attention of both the Federation and Romulans--and the craft is dangerously close to a star that is about to explode. Attempts to contact it have been unsuccessful and so the Federation wants to have Tam Elbrun make contact. After all, he's the greatest of all the Betazoids when it comes to reading thoughts. Howevrer, Elbrun's gift is also a horrible curse, as he reads EVERYONE and cannot shut them out--a rare condition that often drives Betazoids like him insane. He's on edge and Picard and the rest of the crew are worried that he's losing it. Their confidence seems real, as Elbrun once was in therapy with Counselor Troi and suffered a nervous breakdown during one disastrous assignment. Can Elbrun keep his sanity and help the Federation?

This is an extremely static episode and like the duller episodes, it's set completely on the Enterprise. It's extremely talky, slow and the overall theme is shockingly uninteresting.

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