Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3, Episode 20

Tin Man (21 Apr. 1990)

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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 ...
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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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The design of Gomtuu was based in part on a peach pit. See more »


Before the star goes supernova, Tin Man hurls the Enterprise 3.8 billion kilometers away. Once they stop, approximately 30 seconds later, they see the star explode on the main viewing screen. From that distance it would take over 200 minutes for the light of the explosion to reach them. 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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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


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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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