Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 2 Episode 19

Manhunt

5
Aired Unknown Jun 19, 1989 on CBS
6.6
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Stardate: 42859.2 While being escorted to a Federation conference by the Enterprise, Lwaxana hunts for a man to satisfy her needs when her sex-drive is quadrupled during a natural mid-life cycle.

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  • A horny Mrs. Troi is on the prowl for a mate. Picard takes haven in the holodeck as Dixon Hill.

    6.5
    "Manhunt" is the slow moving sequel to the first season episodes "Haven" and "The Big Goodbye" (all three having been written by Tracy Tormé) that brings back Deanna's mother, Lwaxana Troi and Picard's alter ego Dixon Hill. While it does have its funny moments, there's nothing too memorable in the cat and mouse game between Lwaxana and Picard. And while it's nice that the holodeck actually works properly for once, there's a lack of drama as a result, and nothing too important happens in the episode until very late. "Manhunt" is worth a watch once for some laughs but isn't one that most Star Trek fans will reach for to watch a second time. The episode includes a cameo by an unrecognizable Mick Fleetwood, playing an alien fish creature.moreless
  • Nothing exciting about this episode. Besides the fish eyed delegates, kids would lose interest in this episode. I will tell you the main story line is troi's mother is aboard the "enterprise" looking for love in all the wrong places.moreless

    3.2
    Nothing exciting about this episode. Besides the fish eyed delegates, kids would lose interest in this episode. I will tell you the main story line is Troi's mother is aboard the "Enterprise" looking for love in all the wrong places. Picard hides in the holodeck to get away from Troi's mother. A cool thing is Antedians delegates aboard the "Enterprise" look like fish eyed people. They are found to be assassins by Troi's mother. These fake Antedians intend to blow up the conference site where several delgates including Troi's mother will be attending. I rate this one a bland 3.2.moreless
  • A rather feeble, pointless 'comedy' that sorely lacks wit, freshness and fun. Although there are some amusing moments, it's ultimately rather irritating.

    4.0
    I must admit that I usually enjoy Lwaxana Troi and the havoc she brings to the Enterprise and I certainly thought a lot of the hatred heaped upon her by fans was unfair. But this episode is stretched to just about breaking point.



    There are some amusing moments, but a lot of it seems to be recycled from Lwaxana's first appearance in season one's 'Haven'. A number of the scenes from that earlier episode (such as Lwaxana's arrival and departure) are just regurgitated with little new in the offering. And whilst the notion of a sexed-up Lwaxana determined to seek a mate on the Enterprise is amusing enough, it's not handled nearly well enough to sustain an entire episode. This kind of farce-like episode lives or dies on the writing: if it's handled with wit, freshness and genuine skill then it can be a riot. Alas, this episode has none of those qualities. It's routine, plodding and repetitive. And after a while it all gets rather annoying.moreless
  • Surprisingly not awful given the involvement of Troi's mom!

    6.5
    As annoying as Wesley Crusher's character often was, he was a godsend compared to the Lwaxana Troi that Majel Barrett played on TNG and DS9. The combination of awful humor and awful acting made her nearly unbearable.



    So I was surprised to go back to an episode that I remembered as terrible and actually enjoying it. Granted, very few (if any) of the good moments involve Majel Barrett, though she does make a nice target for the jokes.



    But there is at least one hilarious Worf moment ("What a handsome race!") and the sequence in Lwaxana's quarters with Picard and Data is played and written perfectly.



    So - she did not manage to completely ruin this episode.moreless
  • Beware alien fish

    6.0
    Another mediocre episode Im afraid. The basic premise has the crew on a Journey. This purpose is to deliver two Antidean's dignatries and the Betazoid ambassador (Luxanna) to a conference.



    The point in all journeys is getting their and not the destination - and here is can be applied also. However, the episode is devoid of any worthwhile action as it becomes another exercise in character development.



    The only source of conflict is Luxanna, who starts of courting Picard and then moves to the rest of the crew as he locks himself into another Dixon holodeck adventure.



    SPOILERS







    The ending twist (precisely 10 secs in length) is that the dignatries are actually terrorists wearing explosive coated clothes that are beyond the teleporters abilities. Luckly Luxanna's telepathic ability saves the day!



    Very bad unintersting episode, best left unwatched unless you really want to see it.moreless
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt./Lt. Cmdr. Worf

Diana Muldaur

Diana Muldaur

Dr. Katherine Pulaski

Robert O'Reilly

Robert O'Reilly

Scarface

Guest Star

Rhonda Aldrich

Rhonda Aldrich

Madeline

Guest Star

Mick Fleetwood

Mick Fleetwood

Antidean Dignitary

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 (4)

    • When Mr. Homm drinks the blue liquid that he takes from Captain Picard, the liquid is only in a thin double-sided wall inside of the bottle.

    • Lwaxana and Deanna leave Lwaxana's quarters when they want to discuss a matter about the Captain to avoid being overheard by Mr. Homm. Why wouldn't they just converse telepathically?

    • When Cmdr. Riker and Data join Picard in the holodeck, Riker refers to him as "captain", to which Picard quickly says "Call me Dix" (for his character Dixon Hill), and Riker corrects himself. However, a few minutes later in conversation, Riker again refers to him as "captain".

    • If Picard knew that the alien delegates were in stasis when they transported over, why did he introduce himself to them?

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Lwaxana (discussing Picard): He's a fine man. Solid. Reliable. (Pause) He's a little bit on the stuffy side, but, ah, all in all, he's not that bad.
      Deanna: I can't believe you, Mother, you sound like you're sizing up a commodity.
      Lwazana: But that's exactly what men are, darling. Especially human men.

    • Data: Judging a being by its physical appearance is the last major human prejudice, Wesley.

    • Riker: It's something Troi warned me about when we first started to see each other. A Betazoid woman, when she goes through this phase .. quadruples her sex drive.
      Troi: Or more.
      Riker: Or more? You never told me that.
      Trroi: I didn't want to frighten you.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Diane Muldaur and Majel Barrett-Roddenberry previously appeared in the original Star Trek episode, "Return to Tomorrow" together.

    • Although at one stage Lwaxana mentions that Geordi is "next on her list", the character does not actually appear on-screen in this episode.

    • Mick Fleetwood, of Fleetwood Mac, makes a guest appearance as an Antidean Dignitary, even though he is unrecognizable beneath heavy make-up.

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