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



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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 his 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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21 April 1990 (USA)  »

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This takes place in 2366. See more »


In a scene with the guest character Tan Elbrun, Deanna Troi enters his quarters. As the door opens you can see the focus mark on the floor as she enters in the long shot. See more »


Tam Elbrun: Beautiful creatures, the Chandrans. Their minds are glacial. They have a lovely three-day ritual for saying 'hello'.
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Edited from Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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The rush of emotions
4 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

Harry Groener's remarkable performance as Betazoid telepath is the highlight of this TNG story. The two on the crew Groener bonds with are his fellow telepath Marina Sirtis and Brent Spiner who being an android he can't read the mind at all.

I really felt this character and the torment he was going through. As Deanna Troi explains it her people for the most part develop their abilities as adolescents. But some like Groener develop it almost from birth. The rush of hearing emotions and not developing proper filters is too much and many become unstable.

In a sense Groener is on a mission of life because the Enterprise is sent to contact a space creature who is orbiting around a star about to go supernova. The Romulans are interested as well and their intentions are less benign.

I won't go any further, but this gifted and troubled telepath at last finds peace and content in a curious symbiotic relationship with the orbiting creature.

This is one TNG story that will stay with you.

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