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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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 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 »

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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 »

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Tam Elbrun: Having to get to know someone - just once - has its appeal.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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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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