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Half a Life 

Counselor Troi's mother visits the Enterprise and becomes infatuated with a man whose culture forces him into a suicidal ritual called "The Resolution."


Les Landau


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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Majel Barrett ... Lwaxana Troi
Michelle Forbes ... Dara
Terrence E. McNally Terrence E. McNally ... B'Tardat
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Carel Struycken ... Mr. Homn
David Ogden Stiers ... Timicin


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. Written by KGF Vissers

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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 »


[first lines]
Counselor Deanna Troi: Counselor Deanna Troi, personal log, stardate 44805.3 - My mother is on board.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Lower Decks: Envoys (2020) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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26 August 2020 | by christopherdhamelSee all my reviews

Such an underrated episode. Brilliant acting all around, a compelling an emotional story perfectly executed, and some of the not-so-subtle social commentary reminiscent of TOS. What I enjoyed most about this is it was the first episode where I saw the good in Troi's mother. This was a great reminder that what is annoying and unbearable about some people is actually what also makes them wonderful and important in the right situation. No, this was not Q Who, but I'd put it in my top 30. If you can watch the scene with his daughter (Ensign Ro, is that you?) and not be emotional, then you either have no soul or you are Data.

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