Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 4 Episode 22

Half A Life

4
Aired Unknown May 06, 1991 on CBS
SUBMIT REVIEW

Episode Fan Reviews (3)

7.2
out of 10
Average
182 votes
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

    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.
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