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Too Short A Season 

The Enterprise transports an elderly Starfleet Admiral to negotiate a hostage crisis. When the Admiral takes a de-aging drug, he endangers both his life and the mission.


Rob Bowman


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Michael Michaelian (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Geordi La Forge
Denise Crosby ... Lt. Tasha Yar
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher (credit only)
Clayton Rohner ... Adm. Mark Jameson
Marsha Hunt ... Anne Jameson
Michael Pataki ... Karnas


The Enterprise travels to the planet Persephone 5 to collect Admiral Mark Jamieson and transport him to Mordan IV to again lead a hostage negotiation on the planet where he had achieved a successful negotiation 40 years before. The Admiral makes it quite clear that he is in command the mission, but not the ship. En route, Jamieson, who is quite elderly and suffering from the incurable Iverson's disease, takes an alien rejuvenation drug that makes him younger. It soon becomes apparent that the hostages are being held by the planet's ruler, Karnas, not a terrorist group as he had claimed. When it also come to light that Jamieson's success was not brought about in the manner recorded in Federation history books, it becomes clear that it is the Admiral himself Karnas is after. Written by garykmcd

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Anne Jameson is putting clothes away in her quarters. The door opens and she starts talking to her husband before she sees that it is him. See more »


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [referring to Jameson] You blamed your war on him. And there's no doubt he had a lot to do with it. But you had the weapons and you used them. You could have tried for negotiations for peace on your planet long ago. Instead you chose to fight. How many of those forty years of civil war are on your head, Karnas?
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Weak Story, Weak Execution
18 March 2020 | by anarchisticaSee all my reviews

This is all a rather nonsensical affair. Someone waited too long to get revenge, why exactly? And someone wants to be at their best... for some reason? Why doesn't the Federation just threaten Karnas? Why would he risk that?

It doesn't help that there's only this stupid main plot with no real distractions. The makeup used is really bad, as is the choreography of the firefight. Your targets are right out in the open and only a single person fires... and misses? Ugh.

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6 February 1988 (USA) See more »

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