The Enterprise has two special visitors: first Counselor Deanna Troi's terribly flippant, meddling mother, Betazoid ambassador Lwaxana Troi, then also top researcher Dr. Timicin, who comes to try to help his home planet Kaelon II revitalize its dying sun with helium emission and photon torpedoes. Both guests prove meeting opposites, falling in love. The experiment is a partial success, only promising scientific progress without immediate results. Alas the minister in charge refuses to allow Timicin to continue: their law dictates he must commit ritual suicide, called 'The Resolution' when he turns 60 in a few days being then considered a burden for the younger generations, despite his excellent condition of mind and body. Picard has no choice but accept under the Prime Directive, Lwaxana tries to convince her flame by emotions and reason, as nobody is better qualified to continue the crucial research, which strikes a chord.
Did You Know?
This episode was likely inspired by the novel "Pebble in the Sky" by the famous scifi author Isaac Asimov
, which depicts a future Earth in which the inhabitants were also required to end their lives at the age of 60 as depicted in the alien world in this episode. See more
When the Kaelon warships are sent to intercept the Enterprise, Picard orders Red Alert and shields up. Lwaxana then leads Timicin off the bridge. While Lwaxana and Timicin are discussing the situation in a corridor ringed with flashing Red Alert lights, Riker signals Timicin from the bridge that Timicin has a visitor (his daughter). The only way his daughter could have arrived so quickly is if she had beamed aboard. But it would have been impossible for her to beam aboard with the shields up. See more
Counselor Deanna Troi
Counselor Deanna Troi, personal log, stardate 44805.3 - My mother is on board.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more