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Legendary Federation ambassador Sarek visits the Enterprise to conclude peace talks with a race called the Legarans. His arrival is accompanied with a rash of unusual emotional outbursts among the crew.


Les Landau


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Peter S. Beagle (television story and teleplay by) | 3 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
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Mark Lenard ... Sarek
Joanna Miles ... Perrin
William Denis William Denis ... Ki Aloysius Mendrossen
Rocco Sisto ... Sakkath
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
John H. Francis ... Science Crewman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marston Smith Marston Smith ... Science Officer / Cellist


Spock's father Sarek, the legendary Vulcan ambassador, now remarried to another earth-woman, Perrin, boards the Enterprise to crown his career -before retiring- by finalizing painstakingly prepared peace negotiations with the Legarans. His chief of staff and personal assistant asked Sarek to be given maximal rest in view of his weak health, but he insists on attending the ship's Mozart concert starring Data as violin soloist in his honor, and is seen there to cry, unseen for a Vulcan. Over the next several days more crew members display unprovoked aggression, even toward friends and relatives. Data gets an entourage member to confirm a medical theory: Sarek is affected by the rare 'bendai syndrome,' which causes old Vulcans to loose their most-prized emotional self-control, and telepathically spreads the epidemic. Picard must think of the negotiations with the probably susceptible Legarians, which cannot be delayed, while Sarek denies his condition, alas tellingly emotionally; once he... Written by KGF Vissers

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12 May 1990 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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In 3rd season of Next Generation, the Starfleet uniform was slightly redesigned for all major characters. Background actors still wore the original uniform seen in the first two seasons. During the concert, a female violin player is shown wearing a hybrid of the two uniforms. It's the old style costume with a mock collar and it is the only time this costume combination was ever shown on screen. See more »


After Commander Riker walks in on Geordi and Wesley fighting in the Legaran conference room, Wesley asks "May I be excused, Commander?", and immediately walks out of the room without any acknowledgment of approval from either Riker or Geordi to be excused. See more »


[Picard is overcome with Sarek's intense emotions]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: NOOO! It is... It is... wrong! IT IS WRONG! A lifetime of discipline washed away, and in its place...
[laughs awkwardly, then grunts]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Bedlam. BEDLAM! I'm so old. There is nothing left but dry bones, and dead friends. Oh... tired. Oh, so tired.
Commander Dr. Beverly Crusher: It will pass, all of it. Just another hour or so, you're doing fine, just hold on.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: NO! This weakness disgusts me! I HATE IT! Where is my logic? I'm betrayed by... desires. Oh, I want to feel, I want to feel...
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Referenced in After Trek: Lethe (2017) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Not for the emotionally unstable
6 May 2019 | by vikezupaSee all my reviews

Amazing performance by Stewart that grabs you by the throat a forces you to look into a tortured soul. Do not miss this one.

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