Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 2 Episode 19


Aired Unknown Jun 19, 1989 on CBS

Episode Fan Reviews (5)

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

    "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.
  • 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.

    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.
  • A rather feeble, pointless 'comedy' that sorely lacks wit, freshness and fun. Although there are some amusing moments, it's ultimately rather irritating.

    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.
  • Surprisingly not awful given the involvement of Troi's mom!

    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.
  • Beware alien fish

    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.


    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.