TNG had several guest appearances by characters from the original series - "An Encounter at Farpoint", "Sarek", "Reunification", and "Relics". "Sarek" may very well be the best, simply due to the tightness of the script.
Mark Lenard does a fine, affecting job as a man in denial of his terminal decline. With the exception of Patrick Stewart, who takes top billing, the rest of the crew does a good job in a supporting role.
Two additional comments:
1) Much is made of Picard's "exceptional acting" in the mind-meld scene. While it shows his tremendous range of abilities, I wouldn't characterize it as one of his finest moments of the series.
2) A little too many references to "logic". Yes, I know these are Vulcans, WE GET IT.
In this episode a Star Trek Character we all know makes his debut on Star Trek:TNG. Sarek the well known vulcan ambassador beams aboard "The Enterprise". Odd things happen when Sarek came aboard. Geordi and Wesley get in a shouting match. Other fights bre
In this episode a Star Trek Character we all know makes his debut on Star Trek:TNG. Sarek the well known vulcan ambassador beams aboard "The Enterprise". Odd things happen when Sarek came aboard. Geordi and Wesley get in a shouting match. Other fights break out. Sarek cries at a recital. Sarek is showing signs of Vulcan old age. His emotions are hard to be controled. He shows anger as well as telepathically causing anger amongst crew members. Sarek with the help of Picard he negotiates with the Legaran delegates. I rate this one a 8.9.
This character-driven episode allows the regulars and guest stars alike to flex their acting muscles. In particular, Mark Lenard (as the titular character) and Patrick Stewart put on an acting clinic, working in concert with each other as opposed to competing. The episode also pays homage to the original series; in addition to the obvious connection of Sarek, a few references to Spock and "Journey to Babel" are tossed in.
On an interesting side note, this story for this episode was originally pitched as being about some generic Starfleet ambassador; the idea of it being Sarek then came about organically. On a sadder note, while the episode was in production, creator Gene Roddenberry's health was declining and the cast and crew couldn't help but draw some parallels between Sarek and the Great Bird of Galaxy.
Wonderful performances abound as TNG producers truly start to attempt to pay homage to the original series. The story of Sarek and his sadly degenrative disease is one of the most heartbreaking in Trek lore. The \\\'mystery\\\' of the sudden violence aboard 1701-D is semi-ludicrous,but ends up almost \\\'logical\\\'. Mark Lenard has never been better as Sarek; Joanna Lee is believeable as second wife Perrin, and Patrick Stewart is simply amazing during the mind meld scene. Top-notch direction and writing are also highlights of one of the better shows in the series.
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