TNG145: Manhunt

TNGEP145


Manhunt
Production 145
6/19/89
Stardate 42859.2

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Synopsis:

The U.S.S. Enterprise crew receives a surprise visit from Counselor Troi’s mother Lwaxana, a Betazoid beauty who makes no secret of her attraction to Captain Picard.

While transporting delegates to a special Federation conference on Pacifica, the U.S.S. Enterprise picks up two representatives from the newly discovered planet of Antede III. Unaccustomed to space flight, the aliens arrive on the ship in a self-induced coma to deal with the trauma of their voyage.

En route to the conference, Picard and the crew are taken aback by the unexpected arrival of Mrs. Troi, who also happens to be on her way to the meeting on Pacifica. Upon finding himself the object of Mrs. Troi’s passions, Picard turns to Counselor Troi for advice. She explains that her mother is at “the phase,” a mid-life period when a Betazoid woman’s sex drive increases tenfold!

Reluctant to reject Mrs. Troi’s amorous advances, Picard decides to seek refuge from her in the holodeck. As a result, she redirects her search for a mate to the other men on the U.S.S. Enterprise. Her “manhunt” ends on the Bridge when Mrs. Troi eyes Riker and announces to the crew that the two will soon be wed.

Meanwhile, when Dr. Pulaski reports that the Antedians are regaining consciousness, Riker enters the holodeck to inform Picard of the delegates’ condition. He is followed by Lwaxana, who loses interest in both him and Picard after meeting Rex, the charming bartender in a Holodeck-created 1940s bar. To her chagrin, she later finds out that her dream man is only an illusion.

Returning to reality, Picard and Riker discover that the Antedians have fully awakened. They also learn, via Mrs. Troi’s telepathic powers, that the Antedians are not delegates, but assassins sent to blow up the conference site using explosives hidden in the lining of their ceremonial robes.

While the Antedians are taken into protective custody, Picard thanks Mrs. Troi for saving the lives of the crew and assuring that the conference will proceed without incident. As Mrs. Troi prepares to beam down to Pacifica, she gives the captain one last playful reproach for his “lustful” thoughts as she dematerializes.

 

Timothy Lynch’s Star Trek: The Next Generation Episode Reviews

Review Date: 6/17/89

WARNING: The following article contains spoiler information on this week’s
TNG episode, “Man Hunt”. Those not wishing spoilage should not proceed any
further.

I mean it, now.

They did it. They actually did it.

They brought back Lwaxana Troi, easily the most unwanted character in ANY
universe, and they made it enjoyable. Wow.

But comments come later. Now, a quick summary. (I’m ignoring a subsidiary
plot involving some Antedian (?) delegates, since it’s very small anyway.)

While transporting some Antedian delegates (there I go, breaking promises
already :-)) to a conference on Pacifica (yay! there again!), the Enterprise
suddenly is hailed by a shuttle carrying Lwaxana Troi, who just happens to
be the Betazed delegate to the conference. As it happens, Lwaxana is currently
going through a phase similar to human menopause. In Betazed women, however,
this stage of life sends their sex drive off the scale. Lwaxana Troi decides
to do the honorable thing, that being to devote all her prodigious energies
to
just one man, whom she will eventually marry. All well and good.
Unfortunately, she decides that one Captain Jean-Luc Picard is that man.
From there, as you might imagine, all hell breaks loose, _particularly_ because
Betazeds in this condition are also very sensitive, so cannot simply be told
to
go away.

The rest of the episode involves Picard trying to stay out of her way, and
Lwaxana’s “alternate” plan, or, more precisely, alternate MAN: one William
T. Riker. I won’t give away how they solve the situation, except to say
that
I definitely considered it just desserts.

Now, for my usual ranting.

There’s one big problem with writing anything about Lwaxana Troi: you have
to
be careful not to do it too well. You see, she is easily the most irritating
person in all the twelve galaxies. So, if you write her too well, no one
who’s
watching will be able to stand seeing her. That’s how it is with me.

However, the writer of this episode (Terry someone; I’ve forgotten the last
name) neatly avoided that trap, by focusing not on her, but on everyone else’s
reactions TO her, which tend to be “AAAAAAAIIIIIIGGGGGGGHHHHH!!!”. In doing
that, he managed to craft a very enjoyable episode.

Some of the conversations were very interesting in this episode. Firstly,
I’ve
rediscovered somethig we always knew: Pulaski is one mean woman (well,sort
of).
When Deanna’s wondering whether she should warn Picard about her mother’s
current condition, Pulaski’s reply is absolutely priceless (no, I won’t type
it here–nyahh!).

Also, the scene where Picard actually finds out about Lwaxana’s condition,
and
the effect it has on her, was quite well played, and a scream to watch,
particularly Riker’s reaction to all this. He finds it wonderfully amusing…
at least, until Lwaxana decides he’s her man.

There’s not too much more to say about this episode. It wasn’t particularly
serious, or indeed at all serious. It was pure fluff, basically. However,
it
was an absolutely lovely piece of fluff, and I loved it. That’s all.

And now for something completely familiar: my ratings:

Plot: 9. Well crafted.
Plot Handling: 9.5. The ending with the Antedians left me a little cold,
but
absolutely wonderful otherwise.
Characterization: 9.5. If they’d even showed Geordi once, it would be 10.
Technical: 9. Nothing to complain about.

TOTAL: 9.25—> 9.5. Real nice, folks.

Next week:

Worf’s old flame…and our first glimpse of a NEW Klingon ship. This looks
like
a good one, folks.

 

Tim Lynch (Cornell’s first Astronomy Major)
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“A Betazed woman, in going through this phase, quadruples her sex drive.”

“Or more.”

“Or more? You never told me that.”

“I didn’t want to frighten you.”

Copyright 1994, Timothy W. Lynch. All rights reserved, but feel free
to ask…
This article is explicitly prohibited from being used in any off-net
compilation without due attribution and *express written consent of the
author*. Walnut Creek and other CD-ROM distributors, take note.

 

 

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Cast:

Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard™
Jonathan Frakes as William Thomas Riker™
Brent Spiner as Data™
LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge™
Michael Dorn as Worf™
Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi™
Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher™
Diana Muldaur as Katherine “Kate” Pulaski™

Guest Cast:

Colm Meaney as O’Brien
Majel Barrett as Lwaxana Troi
Carel Struycken as Mr. Homn
Rhonda Aldrich as Madeline
Mick Fleetwood as Antidian Dignitary
Robert Costanzo as Slade Bender
Rod Arrants as Rex

Creative staff:

Director: Robert Bowman
Written By: Terry Devereaux

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