Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 3 Episode 20

Tin Man

Aired Unknown Apr 23, 1990 on CBS

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  • This episode started with some interesting material but ultimately did not leave much of an impression.

    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...