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Sarek
Stardate 43917.4
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 71 (3.23)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

         
Cast:
Patrick Stewart   IMDB   Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes   IMDB   Commander William T. Riker
Levar Burton   IMDB   Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn   IMDB   Lieutenant 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:
Mark Lenard   IMDB   Sarek
Joanna Miles   IMDB   Perrin
William Denis   IMDB   Ki Mendrossen
Rocco Sisto   IMDB   Sakkath
Colm Meaney   IMDB   Miles Edward O'Brien
John H. Francis   IMDB   Science Crewman
Music:
Dennis McCarthy   IMDB
Director:
Les Landau   IMDB
Teleplay:
Peter S. Beagle   IMDB
Story:
Marc Cushman   IMDB
Jake Jacobs   IMDB
Published
Laser Disc   ST:TNG LaserDisc Volume 36
DVD   ST:TNG DVD 3.6
VHS   ST:TNG VHS 3.8
Teaser
The Next Generation Teaser #071: Sarek

The U.S.S. Enterprise is plagued by an outbreak of violent mood swings when it is visited by Sarek, the renowned Vulcan Ambassador.
Synopsis
Sarek, the renowned Vulcan Ambassador, is on a mission to establish relations between the Federation and a race of beings known as the Legaran. His arrival on the starship is preceded by his human Chief of Staff, Mendrossen, and a young Vulcan, Sakkath, the Ambassador's personal assistant. Mendrossen explains to Captain Picard that Sarek's age has recently caused him to tire easily, and asks him to dispense with the official ceremonies that would normally be accorded a visitor of Sarek's rank, so that he may rest. Picard is disappointed that Sarek will not be able to attend a concert arranged on his behalf, but defers to Mendrossen's wishes.

Picard later extends a personal invitation to attend the concert to Sarek's wife, Perrin, who thanks him and says that she will extend the invitation to her husband. When Picard departs, Perrin enters Sarek's room to find the Vulcan uncharacteristically annoyed by an apparent inability to meditate. Later in the evening, Sarek and his entourage attend the concert, where Picard is surprised to see the Ambassador, who is normally emotionally detached, moved to tears by the music.

During the course of Sarek's stay, sporadic bouts of anger and violence plague the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Dr. Crusher is horrified when she is driven to strike Wesley, and seeks counsel from Troi, who expresses concern because it is just one of many similar incidents that have been reported to her. The situation becomes desperate when a brawl breaks out among the crew in Ten Forward.

Troi and Dr. Crusher theorize that Sarek is suffering from Bendii syndrome, a rare condition among Vulcans, characterized by a loss of emotional control. Although Mendrossen denies the suggestion, Sakkath, concerned about the success of the conference, admits that he has been attempting to telepathically reinforce Sarek's emotional control.

When Sarek is informed of the recent events, he so vehemently denies his affliction that it results in an outburst of anger, which proves Picard's point. Before the captain cancels the conference, he proposes that he and Sarek participate in a mind-meld in which they would become telepathically linked, and virtually share one mind. When Sarek agrees, Picard suffers through a whirlwind of the Ambassador's emotions unleashed in his mind, while Sarek is able to use the captain's strength to successfully negotiate with the Legaran delegates.
Reviews

By Dark Materia on 13 Dec 2002 20:33:49
Mark Lennard makes an appearance as the legendary Ambassador Sarek, and I must say he is amazing. Because of the Bendii syndrome he is allowed to act very emotionally. This episode has one of the most powerful scenes in Star Trek history, namely the one where Picard suffers from the after effects of his mindmeld with Sarek.

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