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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The Enterprise takes on a Betazoid passenger, Tam Elbrun, and sets off on a mission to meet a new life form dubbed Tin Man. The cone-shaped object is in orbit around a sun in territory claimed by the Romulans. Tam Elbrun is in contact with the creature but even he his having difficulty dealing with the vast knowledge Tin Man seems to hold. Counselor Troi knows Tam, who was born with his telepathic abilities turned on, something that most Betazoid children, who normally get their abilities at puberty, will not be capable of managing and which often leads to death. Tam and Data go aboard Tin Man and Tam makes it clear that he has no intention of leaving. All the while, the Enterprise has to deal with Romulan war birds. Written by garykmcd

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21 April 1990 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The special effect used when Gumtuu defends itself is the same visual element was when V'Ger explodes at the end of Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). 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 »


Counselor Deanna Troi: Captain, may I come with you to greet Tam?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: You know him?
Counselor Deanna Troi: I do. He was at the university on Betazed when I was studying psychology there.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Oh, I see, he was a colleague of yours?
Counselor Deanna Troi: No - he was a patient.
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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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Where one belongs
7 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode returns to a more accepting version of the human future (in stark contrast to the season opener "Evolution"). Gifted, reclusive telepath Tam Elbrun joins the Enterprise to communicate with a new life form that's been dubbed Tin Man.

Tam is reclusive and telepathic, being able to hear the thoughts of the 1000+-member crew. Though, he's drawn to Tin Man, so he tolerates being on the Enterprise with all those people in order to make contact with Tin Man.

The message here is that it's OK to be different. You'll always find some place to belong.

Of course, this wonderfully touching episode is slightly marred by the usual space-opera nonsense involving Romulans who want to destroy Tin Man.

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