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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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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The title of this episode is very similar to that of a play for television written by Gene Roddenberry - The Kaiser Aluminum Hour: So Short a Season (1957). See more »

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As Tasha and Worf start their phasers to burn a hole in the cave wall, you can see the seam of where the wall will fall through, especially on the left, where Tasha is firing. See more »

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[Jameson is suffering from the agonizing effects of the drug]
Commander William T. Riker: The Admiral?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Sickbay. 'Not good' is a galactic understatement.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Another Renegade in Power
29 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An admiral comes aboard the Enterprise. He is suffering from a terminal illness; there is no cure. He is there to participate in a hostage release from a long ago enemy. The actor playing the part has the most hideous make-up. He is obviously a young man playing an aged one. He is driven for some reason and has agreed to participate in using an experimental drug which reverses aging. We watch as the lumps of make-up disappear and restore him to his younger self. Unfortunately, he hasn't told his loving wife. He also is carrying around some secret as to why he wants to invade the planet and rescue hostages instead of negotiating. There are some secrets that are eventually revealed; a terrible decision made at a time when youth and family supersede common sense. A very predictable episode of yet another loose cannon starship upper level person going mad with power.


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