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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

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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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TV-PG
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English

Release Date:

4 May 1991 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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The brooch that Lwaxana wears on her coat at the very end of the episode was originally part of Palor Toff's costume and would later appear several times, on the clothing of an unnamed Beaked alien. See more »

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The boom can be seen reflected in the mirror in Lwaxanna's guest quarters as she talks to Deanna. A studio light is also reflected in the mirror. The shadow of the boom is then visible against the wall as Lwaxanna walks towards Deanna. 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 End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Honor thy father...
20 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the episode begins, the always annoying Lwaxana Troi (Majel Barrett) is on the Enterprise. However, her constant sexual harassment of the Captain is stopped when a scientist named Timicin (David Ogden Stiers) comes aboard. She is instantly smitten and chases him with her usual subtlety. Surprisingly, this very mild- mannered man responds to her advances and they soon end up spending a lot of time together. A perfect relationship, however, is not the in the works, as Timicin comes from an odd-ball planet--one that expects all of its citizens to kill themselves at age 60--and he is soon approaching that dreaded age. Lwaxana implores him to ignore this unwritten law and live out his final years with her. He expects to kill himself, but soon realizes that if he dies, his important work which might save his planet might be set back significantly.

I appreciate this episode about euthanasia, as it is timely and talks about human value. I also appreciate that you get to see Lwaxana emoting with a wider range--not just the usual bubble-headed and annoying personality but a woman dealing with rage and sadness. Overall, well worth seeing and a bit like "Logan's Run" but without all the stupid stuff.


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