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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."

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Les Landau

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Peter Allan Fields (teleplay by) | 6 more credits »
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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 ... Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander 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
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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 help his home planet Kelon 2 revitalize its since generations 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 cord... Written by KGF Vissers

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1991 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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First TNG appearance of actress Michelle Forbes, who because of her performance in this episode, was brought back as a recurring character, the Bajoran Ensign Ro Laren. See more »

Goofs

The suggestion in the episode that the star would need to reach a constant core temperature of 220 MK is absolutely misinformed. This could never be a main sequence star, and it would constantly be ejecting large amounts of matter, or more likely immediately start the final phase of its life and explode (as it did in the episode when the temperature jumped another rather negligible amount) See more »

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[first lines]
Counselor Deanna Troi: Counselor Deanna Troi, personal log, stardate 44805.3 - My mother is on board.
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References M*A*S*H (1972) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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11 April 2012 | by RvrgmSee all my reviews

This episode is just another example of what STAR TREK always did so well - take a relevant issue and explore it through the lens of an "unbiased" third-party - ie, the future generations. Sure, it is written by modern-day authors ... even so, it's informative to see how a more "enlightened" generation might handle a topic like euthanasia.

Incidentally, this concept is based loosely on a novel written in the 1880s by British novelist Anthony Trollope called THE FIXED PERIOD. In that novel, the leader of a new (fictional) British colony has passed a law requiring men at the age of 67 be put away into a tenement, and later euthanized before the age of 68 - for the same reasons, that the elderly burden the young. The story of the novel follows his attempt to carry this law out for the first time. Fascinating read, and recommended if you liked this episode.


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