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Too Short a Season
Stardate 41309.5
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 16 (1.16)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

Patrick Stewart   IMDB   Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes   IMDB   Commander William T. Riker
Levar Burton   IMDB   Lieutenant JG Geordi La Forge
Denise Crosby   IMDB   Lieutenant Tasha Yar
Michael Dorn   IMDB   Lieutenant JG Worf
Gates McFadden   IMDB   Commander Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis   IMDB   Lt. Commander Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner   IMDB   Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton   IMDB   Wesley Crusher
Guest Cast:
Clayton Rohner   IMDB   Admiral Mark Jameson
Marsha Hunt   IMDB   Anne Jameson
Michael Pataki   IMDB   Karnas
George Romanis   IMDB
Rob Bowman   IMDB
Michael Michaelian   IMDB
D.C. Fontana   IMDB
Michael Michaelian   IMDB
Laser Disc   ST:TNG LaserDisc Volume 08
The Next Generation Teaser #016: Too Short a Season

The U.S.S. Enterprise transports a famous negotiator, Admiral Mark Jameson, to Mordan IV, where several Federation officials have been taken hostage by the planet's governor, Karnas.
Although the crew is excited about having the legendary Admiral Mark Jameson on board, Picard and Dr. Crusher are perplexed by him. When he beams onto the ship it turns out he is a terminally ill man in his eighties. As the voyage progresses, however, Jameson inexplicably begins to look not only healthier, but younger as well! When confronted by Picard, Jameson admits that he has taken an enormous dose of an experimental alien drug to treat his disease, which has resulted in a rapid de-aging process.

Further, the Admiral reveals that Karnas' insistence that he act as a mediator is not coincidental. It seems that 45 years earlier, instead of shrewdly negotiating a similar hostage deal with Karnas, Jameson gave arms to both Karnas and his enemies, thus igniting a devastating 40-year civil war. Karnas wants Jameson to return to Mordan IV... so Karnas can publicly execute him.

After Jameson leads an aborted rescue mission for the hostages, he collapses in pain. Dr. Crusher reports that the de-aging drug has put an unbearable strain upon his internal organs and that his death is imminent. Seeing the now teenaged Jameson in extraordinary pain, Karnas decides that his revenge has been satisfied.

When Jameson dies, Picard and Karnas negotiate the peaceful release of the hostages.

By Dark Materia on 13 Dec 2002 14:08:05
An ambitious story but badly executed. Admiral Jameson's character is not only suffering from Iverson's disease but also a bad case of crap acting (and crap make-up job). You may have missed the highlight of the show, look closely at Picard's face as he walks into the turbolift on his way to greet Jameson, just what did he see in there?

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