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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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Mark and Anne Jameson were married in 2314. See more »


When Picard leaves the bridge to go greet the admiral, he uncharacteristically contorts his face just before walking into the turbo lift as though stretching his jaw or speaking. See more »


Admiral Mark Jameson: There is no substitute, Lieutenant, for personal reconnoiter.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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The Fountain Of Youth
12 August 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Enterprise mission in this TNG episode is to transport Clayton Rohner a StarFleet Admiral to a warring planet run by dictator Michael Pataki. Pataki wants Rohner bad and Rohner who has lots of history with him wants to face him as he was.

So with wife Marsha Hunt administering it he injects himself with an anti-aging serum from an unnamed alien source and of course Pataki thinks he's being had. He's got some hostages and he's ready to do them in.

If youth is wasted on the young it really gets poured down the toilet and flushed on people who insist on being young. I think that's our moral today for this TNG story.

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