Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 3 Episode 20

Tin Man

6
Aired Unknown Apr 23, 1990 on CBS
7.6
out of 10
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203 votes
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Stardate: 43779.3 The Enterprise encounters a "living" ship in the Neutral Zone, and risks breaking the Romulan Federation alliance in order to bring it into contact with a Betazoid emissary.

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  • Not too good, not too bad

    7.0
    This episode centers around Tam Elbrun, a Betazoid played by guest star Harry Groener. It tosses out a lot of elements in the early goings (Tam's backstory, a new life form, the Romulans) creating an exciting buildup, but the latter half is predictable and somewhat deus ex machina. Groener does his best to create an interesting character, and it's fun to see the crew of the Enterprise staying true to their purpose and seeking out new life, but overall the episode is just middle of the pack for the series.moreless
  • This episode started with some interesting material but ultimately did not leave much of an impression.

    7.5
    Episodes in which the protagonist is played by a guest actor are always risky because the audience might not connect with him/her, and that is what happens in "Tin Man".



    The idea of a gifted but mentally unstable negotiator is an interesting one, as is the concept of a "living space ship". Ultimately, though, we don't really feel any connection to Tam Elbrun and when whatever happens to him happens to him, we shrug our shoulders.



    At the end the writers suggest that maybe this episode wasn't about Elbrun, but in fact about Data. A potentially touching ending just kind of went over my head...moreless
  • One of my favorite episodes! The other reviewer is wrong!

    9.0
    This is one of my favorite episodes - I can't imagine why one of the other reviewers was so negative. I thought the relationship between the Federation's representative and the alien ship was very interesting and I could feel Tam's pain of living in a world where he never has silence in his mind... The two meeting/connecting/calling each other across the galaxy telepathically was very appealing to me. To me this was a wonderful story of a misunderstood person and how he finally finds his answers. And of course, a good dose of Romulans, telepathy, and intrigue make this a wonderful story. Watch this one!moreless
  • The "Enterprise" recieves orders from starfleet to transport a betazoid male known as Tam Elbrun to distant star system. In the star system we find a living ship called "Tin Man". Tam Elbrun has extraordinary powers. He has the ability to read everyones tmoreless

    7.0
    The "Enterprise" recieves orders from starfleet to transport a betazoid male known as Tam Elbrun to distant star system. In the star system we find a living ship called "Tin Man". Tam Elbrun has extraordinary powers. He has the ability to read everyones thoughts as wells as "Tin Man". The romulans show up attempt to try to be first to contact this creature, but end up making the creature mad. Tam Elbrun and Data beams aboard "Tin Man" Tam Elbrun decides to stay aboard "Tin Man" I rate this episode a 7.0 for new lifeform.moreless
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

Michael Cavanaugh

Michael Cavanaugh

Captain Robert DeSoto

Guest Star

Peter Vogt

Peter Vogt

Romulan Commander

Guest Star

Harry Groener

Harry Groener

Tam Elbrun

Guest Star

Colm Meaney

Colm Meaney

Miles O'Brien

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When the star begins to nova, Tin Man throws the Enterprise (and we presume, also the Romulan vessel) clear of the explosion. When the Enterprise stops Wesley states that Tin Man has thrown the Enterprise "3.8 billion kilometers" clear of the Nova. The journey takes only a few seconds of screen time, and we are given the impression that the vessel has been 'whisked away' by Tin Man. The nova is then seen flaring on the viewscreen. 3.8 billion kilometers is approximately 3.5 'light hours' distance. Assuming that they are observing visible light - and not something esoteric like 'sub-space ambient warp field fluctuations' rendered by the computer into a "visible recreation" - the Enterprise should not be able to detect the nova visibly for hours.

    • Data claims here there is no known natural phenomena capable of travelling at warp speed. That wasn't true even in Original Trek ("Obsession," "Lights of Zetar"). However, previous Next Gen episodes like "Lonely Among Us" and "Datalore" also featured an energy creature and the Crystalline Being respectively who could travel at warp speeds.

    • Data and Elbrun beam over to Tin Man when the Enterprise is 18 minutes away at impulse. That's about 81 million miles - well outside any stated transporter range.

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  • NOTES (2)

    • In "The Child," Data asks Troi several questions regarding the telepathic and empathic abilities of Betazoid children in the womb but she is too busy having a baby to answer him. His questions are finally answered in this episode when Troi explains that Betazoids develop these abilities in adolescence.

    • The sounds of the Tin Man were created by holding a stethoscope to a person's stomach while a previously-eaten meal (pizza) was being digested.

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