Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 6 Episode 3

Man Of The People

3
Aired Unknown Oct 05, 1992 on CBS
6.1
out of 10
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Stardate: 46071.6 Deanna becomes attracted to an alien ambassador. Shortly thereafter, she starts aging rapidly and becoming violent.

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  • Like every Troi episode, it's a bad episode.

    2.5
    I don't get how can every episode with Troi can be so bad. She always changes becoming nasty and rude.
  • Sexy Troi Filler Episode

    5.0
    This attempt at a "sexy Troi" filler episode was put together quite quickly when "Relics" was pushed back due to scheduling issues. It suffers as a result, with a mediocre concept (based on The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde) executed in a mediocre way. Sirtis does her best with what's she's given, but Chip Lucia is dull as the titular character and does nothing to breath life into the script. The end result is a ho hum episode that most Trekkers don't even remember.moreless
  • Ambassador Vel Alkar joins the Enterprise to mediate between two warring tribes. Troi begins to act strangely and ages rapidly.

    6.0
    This episode should have a warning attached, Deanna Troi Alert! She’s never looked better until she almost ages to death. Federation of Planets Ambassador Vel Alkar accompanied by his elderly mother join the Enterprise to mediate between two warring tribes. While onboard the Enterprise, Alkar’s mother dies and he turns to Deanna Troi for support and she engages in a ceremony with Alkar. Soon Troi begins to act uncharacteristically (uninhibited and sexy) as a result of her meetings with Alkar. She dresses in suggestive non uniform clothing and is cold when dealing with other crew members. Alkar’s negotiation abilities are hindered by “darker thoughts” and channels unwanted emotions or “psychic waste” into other people. Alkar’s mother was not his mother at all, but instead a young woman mentally joined to Alkar as a receptacle for his unwanted emotions and the accelerated aging a result of the negative emotional transference. Once a receptacle is dead Alkar switches his emotional dependence to another victim. Can the Enterprise crew connect Alkar and Troi's strange behavior before it’s too late? Not the most thrilling episode but a “Deanna” episode nonetheless!

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  • The “Enterprise” comes to the aid of the Dorian, a federation ship that has come under fire while transporting a lumerian ambassador. The lumerian ambassador is known as Ves Alkar.

    6.8
    The “Enterprise” comes to the aid of the Dorian, a federation ship that has come under fire while transporting a lumerian ambassador. The lumerian ambassador is known as Ves Alkar. Strange things begin to happen to Troi when Ves Alkar is aboard the “Enterprise”. Troi is turning into a old grey mare. Riker even notices the change and becomes concerned. Troi is dying. Can Dr. Krusher save Troi? Tune in to find out if you can keep from fallening asleep during this one. I rate this one a 6.8moreless
  • Good idea, but low/moderate on the intensity scale

    7.0
    I loved this story, as we get to see alot of Deanna. The concept is also a good one, if light on pizazz factor!



    Lots of emotional threat hang over this episode and a little violence to. Locations are mostly on the Enterprise with a few glancing scenes on an alien planet where peace is being played for by Deanna's draining ambassador.



    A few good scenes litter this episode: The first old womans encounter with Deanna that unsettles her. Deanna's post-love in with the young junior officer as Ryker walks in. Another Ryker scene where he gets scratched by her and most of all, Deanna going for Peeky with a kitchen knife. Kitchen knife? On a starship?



    Anyway, the moderate intenisty is cranked well enough, through scenes where Deanna gets progressively older and more cranky. When she gets to the point of being so old, I actually loved the way Bevs comes up with the way to save the day. One that isnt guaranteed to succeed and puts anothers life in jeapardy. Excellent writing and conceptual wellscripted.



    However, for action-junkies this wont cut the mustard.moreless
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

Chip Lucia

Chip Lucia

Ambassador Vel Alkar

Guest Star

Rick Scarry

Rick Scarry

Jarth

Guest Star

Susan French

Susan French

Maylor

Guest Star

Patti Yasutake

Patti Yasutake

Alyssa Ogawa

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Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett

Computer Voice

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