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Tin Man 

The Enterprise reaches out to an alien being, while dancing around with the Romulans, who want to attack it in an act of vengeance.


Robert Scheerer


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Dennis Bailey (as Dennis Putman Bailey) | 2 more credits »




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
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Michael Cavanaugh ... Capt. Robert DeSoto
Peter Vogt Peter Vogt ... Romulan Commander
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Harry Groener ... Tam Elbrun


The Enterprise takes on a Betazoid passenger, Tam Elbrun, and sets off on a mission to meet a new life form dubbed Tin Man. The cone-shaped object is in orbit around a sun in territory claimed by the Romulans. Tam Elbrun is in contact with the creature but even he is having difficulty dealing with the vast knowledge Tin Man seems to hold. Counselor Troi knows Tam, who was born with his telepathic abilities turned on, something that most Betazoid children, who normally get their abilities at puberty, will not be capable of managing and which often leads to death. Tam and Data go aboard Tin Man and Tam makes it clear that he has no intention of leaving. All the while, the Enterprise has to deal with Romulan war birds. Written by garykmcd

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Capt. DeSoto's first name is "Robert" here, even though he is referred to as Captain Jonathan DeSoto in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint. Possibly his initials are "J.R.". See more »


[last lines]
Lt. Commander Data: I witnessed something... remarkable. Individually, they were both so...
Counselor Deanna Troi: Wounded. Isolated.
Lt. Commander Data: Yes. But no longer. Through joining... they have been healed. Grief has been transmuted to joy, loneliness to... belonging.
Counselor Deanna Troi: Data? You *do* understand?
Lt. Commander Data: Yes, Counselor. When Tin Man returned me to the Enterprise, I realized... this is where *I* belong.
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Edited from Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) See more »


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A Unique Sentient Being
18 August 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The Betazoid sense walks a delicate balance in these episodes. With Deanna, it has to do with emotional signals and body sense; with others, it's almost like mind reading. Tam Elbrun, the young empath aboard the enterprise, is a super reader of life forms, almost to the point of insanity. He has a checkered history which leads people to fear him, but he is a master at first contact. He has hooked up with "Tin Man," the name given to an entity that looks like a large pine cone. It used to be ship with a crew but circumstances have ended that. The thing has immense power and thinks on its own, but like so many one-of- a-kind creatures, it is filled with dread and loneliness. Tam-Elbrun, being empathic, feels the creature's pain. There is an issue in that the Romulans, who attacked Tin Man are set on revenge because the thing destroyed one of their war birds. Data is taken in on this whole thing because he does not send out any human baggage. This is a really thoughtful episode and well worth the viewing.

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