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Half a Life
Stardate 44805.3
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 96 (4.22)

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
Guest Cast:
David Ogden Stiers   IMDB   Doctor Timicin
Majel Barrett Roddenberry   IMDB   Lwaxana Troi
Michelle Forbes   IMDB   Dara
Terrence E. McNally   IMDB   Science Minister B'Tardat
Colm Meaney   IMDB   Miles Edward O'Brien
Carel Struycken   IMDB   Mr. Homn
Music:
Dennis McCarthy   IMDB
Director:
Les Landau   IMDB
Teleplay:
Peter Allan Fields   IMDB
Story:
Ted Roberts   IMDB
Peter Allan Fields   IMDB
Published
Laser Disc   ST:TNG LaserDisc Volume 48
DVD   ST:TNG DVD 4.6
VHS   ST:TNG VHS 4.7
Teaser
The Next Generation Teaser #096: Half a Life

Troi's mother fights to stop her lover from participating in the ritual suicide mandated by his society.
Synopsis
While a passenger aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, Troi's overly-amorous mother Lwaxana becomes infatuated with Dr. Timicin of the planet Kaelon II. The rather reserved Timicin, a leading scientist who has enlisted the Federation's aid in saving his planet, is equally smitten with Lwaxana, and the two begin spending time together.

Timicin has boarded the Starship Enterprise to test an experiment that he hopes will revitalize the dying sun of Kaelon II. The U.S.S. Enterprise assists him by transporting him to a similar sun in a remote region of the galaxy where the scientist can test his theories. With the help of the crew, Timicin fires photon torpedoes into the surrogate sun in an effort to elevate and stabilize the temperature. At first, the experiment seems successful, but the sun's temperature continues to rise to dangerous levels, forcing the starship to evacuate the region and return to Kaelon II. Later, when even the charming Lwaxana is unable to comfort the defeated Timicin, he confides to her that he is returning home to die.

Soon afterward, Lwaxana marches into Picard's office, outraged by Timicin's revelation that he will soon participate in a ritual suicide known as The Resolution. The ritual calls on all citizens of Kaelon II to kill themselves upon reaching the age of 60 in order to eliminate the society's responsibility of caring for the elderly. Lwaxana likens the ritual to murder but Picard refuses to intervene since the problem is out of his jurisdiction.

Unable to sway Picard, Lwaxana focuses on Timicin, urging to stand up to the arbitrary Resolution. She begs him to take the first step toward changing the policy by publicly rejecting the ritual. Timicin initially refuses her request, but reconsiders when he discovers how close his research has brought him toward saving his planet's sun. With this in mind, he asks Picard to grant him asylum aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Picard agrees, nearly launching the U.S.S. Enterprise into war by incurring the outrage of the people of Kaelon II. The planet's science minister insists that Timicin return at once, dispatching warships and ordering them to fire on the U.S.S. Enterprise if the ship attempts to leave the area with Timicin. Timicin remains firm, however, until his daughter Dara transports aboard and pleads with him to accept his heritage - the heritage he taught her. The request touches Timicin and he agrees to return home to die among his loved ones. Since Lwaxana is now a loved one, she swallows her pain and disappointment and transports down to the planet with him, to witness his final Resolution and give her support to his decision.
Reviews

By vsturkey on 10 Jul 2004 13:17:18
I concur with Dark Materia's review - a very good episode and one of only two strong Lwaxana Troi shows.

By Dark Materia on 14 Dec 2002 08:26:51
Why do people hate this episode? I like it. I think this is a good Lwaxana Troi story, second only to "Dark Page". David Ogden Stiers is great as Dr. Timicin, and his daughter is played by Michelle Forbes who would return as Ensign Ro Laren seven episodes later.

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