Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1, Episode 15

Too Short a Season (6 Feb. 1988)

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The Enterprise transports an elderly Starfleet Admiral to negotiate a hostage crisis. When the Admiral takes a de-aging drug, he endangers both his life and the mission.



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Wesley Crusher (credit only)


The Enterprise travels to the planet Persephone 5 to collect Admiral Mark Jamieson and transport him to Mordan IV to again lead a hostage negotiation on the planet where he had achieved a successful negotiation 40 years before. The Admiral makes it quite clear that he is in command the mission, but not the ship. En route, Jamieson, who is quite elderly and suffering from the incurable Iverson's disease, takes an alien rejuvenation drug that makes him younger. It soon becomes apparent that the hostages are being held by the planet's ruler, Karnas, not a terrorist group as he had claimed. When it also come to light that Jamieson's success was not brought about in the manner recorded in Federation history books, it becomes clear that it is the Admiral himself Karnas is after. Written by garykmcd

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Actor Michael Pataki, who plays Karnas in this episode, also appeared in the original "Star Trek" series as a Klingon named Korax in Star Trek: The Trouble with Tribbles (1967). Scenes in which he appeared in 1967 were also used in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Trials and Tribble-ations (1996), so in a way, he appeared in three Star Trek series in three different decades. See more »


When Picard leaves the bridge to go greet the admiral, he uncharacteristically contorts his face just before walking into the turbo lift as though stretching his jaw or speaking. See more »


Karnas: My revenge will be in seeing you live like this.
[Jameson collapses in agony]
Karnas: Such pain...
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Quest for youth?
16 July 2007 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Picard is ordered to bring Admiral Jameson to Mordan 4 to negotiate the release of several Federation hostages. This episode shows us an Admiral with a past of betraying the Prime Directive! En route to the planet the Admiral begins to appear younger and younger! The Admiral has taken a de ageing drug to make him younger. Picard eventually quizzes him and is horrified to discover the war on Mordan which lasted for four decades was instigated by the Admiral as he had furnished the weapons for the release of the hostages forty years ago. Alas, he also gave the adversaries exactly the same. His 'interpretation' of the Prime Directive... Karnas, who made the call for Jameson is eventually revealed to be the captor! Another vengeance story! He wants to show Jameson the world he helped to destroy. Jameson eventually dies in front of Karnas and Karnas releases the hostages. An interesting look at the devastation caused by weapons and planetary warfare

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