Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 4 Episode 22

Half A Life

4
Aired Unknown May 06, 1991 on CBS
7.2
out of 10
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186 votes
3

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Stardate: 44805.3 Lwaxana Troi falls in love with a man who must return home to commit suicide, as is customary for their race when they reach a certain age.

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  • Mother is on board.

    8.0
    This Lwaxana Troi episode takes the normally whimsical and flippant mother of Deanna Troi and turns her into a three dimensional, sympathetic character, with Majel Barett sinking her teeth into the meaty material with relish. David Ogden Stiers, a legend in his own right, gives an equally compelling performance as Lwaxana's love interest, and together they carry the episode with the regulars taking a back seat for the first time. The story, mixing the real issues of old age and euthanasia with the Star Trek themes of cultural acceptance and noninterference, has a lot of turf to explore, but ends somewhat abruptly before completing its tour of the issues. Still, what's here is great.moreless
  • Of all the episodes to feature a very weak character, this one is probably the best.

    7.0
    I'm not a fan of Lwaxana Troi, an annoying character who was played for laughs despite being deeply unfunny. And this episode's first 10 or so minutes was painful to watch because Mama Troi is as unbearable as ever.



    After that, there is a dramatic improvement. For possibly the first time in the series, Majel Barrett drops the affectation. I don't know whether it's a good acting job, but in comparison to the horror she usually perpetrated it's a dramatic improvement. The scenes between her and the scientist are quite tender and intimate.



    The scientist, though, is the star of the episode, and makes watching this one worthwhile. He is awakened to the possibilities of defying his culture's traditions, but never manages to achieve them. A nice, understated performance.moreless
  • Quick hide the captain, Lwaxana is aboard the "Enterprise". When Dr. Timicin beams aboard the "Enterprise" that all changes. Lwaxana falls madly in love with Timicin. Timicin is a scientist who has a experiment that he hopes will revitalize the dying sunmoreless

    6.9
    Quick hide the captain, Lwaxana is aboard the "Enterprise". When Dr. Timicin beams aboard the "Enterprise" that all changes. Lwaxana falls madly in love with Timicin. Timicin is a scientist who has a experiment that he hopes will revitalize the dying sun of Kaelon II. So Picard sends the "Enterprise" to a remote area of the galaxy to test Timicin experiments. With the Enterprise's help, The test works briefly that star begins to collapse. Now it is time for Timcin to face resolution. A ritual that is conducted when Timcin people reaches 60. I rate this one a 6.9.moreless
Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt./Lt. Cmdr. Worf

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Michelle Forbes

Michelle Forbes

Dara

Guest Star

Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally

B'Tardat

Guest Star

David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers

Dr. Timicin

Guest Star

Carel Struycken

Carel Struycken

Mr. Homm

Recurring Role

Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett

Lwaxana Troi

Recurring Role

Colm Meaney

Colm Meaney

Miles O'Brien

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • During the experiment when Geordi and Timicin are trying to reignite the sun, Geordi consitently refers to temperatures in "degrees Kelvin", such as 220 million degrees Kelvin. This is incorrect. Temperatures should be given simply in Kelvin without further qualification. Geordi should have said 220 million Kelvin.

    • When Lwaxana and Deanna Troi are talking in Lwaxana's quarters (near the end of the episode), note the boom microphone you can see in the mirror as Lwaxana walks away from it the first time.

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Screen Display: 4077
      This number, which is very visible on one of the displays Timicin is working on, is an obvious reference to David Ogden Stiers' work on M*A*S*H.

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