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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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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Chosen as the feature for the September 2013 premiere of "Trek Theater", an event in author David Bischoff's hometown of Eugene, Oregon: amateur actors who love Star Trek (1966) gather to put on faithful reenactions of favorite episodes for a live audience. 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: All my life I have waited for this - a chance to find peace. Finally all the voices are silent. Only Tin Man speaks to me now. Don't you see, Data? This... is where I belong.
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ST:TNG:68 - "Tin Man" (Stardate: 43779.3) - this is the 20th episode of the 3rd season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

The Enterprise picks up a passenger, a Betazoid telepath Tam Elbrun (who was a patient of Troi's while she was studying on Betazed), who will be the chief Federation specialist with a new alien intelligence named Tin Man. And they must get to Tin Man before the Romulans do . . . and everything rests on Tam Elbrun's shoulders, who is revealed to be mentally unstable and with a trick up his sleeve.

Trivia note: the Hood, Riker's previous ship he served on, drops off a passenger (you even get to see the captain of that ship, Captain DeSoto). Also, Tam's nickname for Troi is "D". And, Data reveals, although he has tried it from time to time, he doesn't need sleep.


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