Series: The Next Generation
Air Date: May 6, 1991
Written by: Ted Roberts and Peter Allan Fields
Directed by: Les Landau
Lwaxana Troi falls hard and fast for Dr. Timicin, and then discovers he's scheduled to die.
"Counselor Deanna Troi, personal log, stardate 44805.3. My mother is on board." And with that single line of a personal log, the episode begins. Picard cautiously steps into the hallway trying to avoid Lwaxana, and fails. She easily catches up with him as he makes his way to the transporter room to pick up one Dr. Timicin, who is part of a reclusive alien race with a dying sun. His mission is to test a solution he has to the dying sun problem by hitching a ride on the Enterprise to a nearby sun that's almost exactly alike, but in an empty system. So, whether he likes it or not, Picard is joined by Lwaxana for this diplomatic meeting in the transporter room. Dr. Timicin beams on board, Lwaxana is there... and it's love at first sight.
At first it's unclear if Dr. Timicin is actually receptive to Lwaxana's advances, but after a short briefing with the senior officers, and a bit of tampering with sensitive equipment from Lwaxana, it's clear that Dr. Timicin is just as interested in her as she is in him. He's just a little shier about it. It's not all fun and games, though. Timicin has some work to do. He has modified some of the Enterprise's photon torpedoes to revive their experimental dying star, and he works with Geordi and Data to get them just right. It's clear, however, that Timicin's work has left him slightly fatigued. And that's when Lwaxana enters with Mr. Homn to insist that he takes a break.
|Mr. Homn gives a mean massage.|
Unfortunately, the Prime Directive forbids Picard to do anything about it. He has no jurisdiction on Timicin's planet. But Lwaxana is outraged. She tries everything she can to dissuade Timicin, but he intends to go through with the ritual. Everyone on his planet does. It's expected and appropriate in his culture. He and Lwaxana have grown very close, but his family, who are expecting him to go through the Resolution, comes first. There's only one thing that could possible get him to reconsider: a productive end to his work. Going over the data, he discovers that he could do exactly that. Convinced that he's better off alive and working than dead and passing the data on to an inexperienced predecessor, he asks Picard for asylum on the Enterprise.
|"Are you telling me you don't want to die?"|
In the end, Timicin decides to side with his daughter. He breaks the news to Lwaxana explaining that she is very important to him, but the Resolution is just slightly more important. He is not the kind of man to start a revolution. Maybe someone else down the line will... assuming the star doesn't blow up before then. Lwaxana is clearly upset by the way this has all turned out, but she's powerless to stop him. A tearful goodbye is all she has left.
|Not even the M*A*S*H unit can save him now.|
I understand that love is passionate and unreasonable and irrational, but I didn't think even Lwaxana could fall in love with someone as hard and as fast as she did with Timicin. Even if that's just the kind of woman she is, Timicin didn't at all seem to be that kind of man. It's almost as if they jumped ahead two years in their relationship just for the sake of the plot. Regardless of that little snafu, the rest of the episode was a great study of end-of-life treatment and how to respect the ways of other cultures even if they seem barbaric to us. And aside from that, it showed us the loving and caring side of Lwaxana that we hadn't really seen up to now. Only one thumb up for this episode, but it's up high.