Writers: Dorothy Fontana, Michael Michaelian
Season 1 episode 16
Director: Rob Bowman
|USS ENTERPRISE NCC 1701-D|
Federation legend Admiral Mark Jameson (Clayton Rohner) has negotiated many peace deals between alien species across the galaxy. The natives of Cerebus II were mighty grateful... but time has not been kind to Jameson whose plagued with Iverson disease - has no choice. He swallows a magic elixir. When a hostage situation springs up the USS Enterprise NCC 1701 speeds to Mordan IV.
Legend has it - Jameson masterminded peace on the Mordan homeworld by supplying the planetary leader Karnas and opposing sides with a very simple solution. But what was that I hear you cry? I bet you're hooked now! Jamesons idea of the Prime Directive wasn't exactly above board either. We later discover Jameson is having a lot of chest pains. So what exactly is going on? Not even Dr Crusher's tests or Counsellor Troi can figure Jameson out who is slowly beginning to get stronger and younger.
The real mind twister occurs when the USS Enterprise-D approaches the Idini Star Cluster near Mordan IV. Captain Picard lets the Admiral take the conn. The entire bridgecrew are stunned when the old guy stands up and walks down to Geordi's Conn station. Dr Crusher is beside herself. Iverson's is a crippling ailment. No-one ever recovers!
HOW DID HE DO IT?
HERE WE'VE GOT THE KLINGON - WORF,
SECURITY CHIEF - TASHA YAR, RIKER, EMPATH TROI, PICARD,
CRIPPLED JAMESON,.BLINDMAN GEORDI AND ANDROID DATA.
DR BEVERLY CRUSHER IS STUMPED AND
NO-ONE HAS A CLUE, HEHE.
At 85 years old, heres one guy no longer suffering from amazing "body changes" with wife Annie (Marsha Hunt), flipping out in classic big style. The fun begins when he finally spills the beans to her. The poor lass almost has a meltdown but I guess the ol guy realises he's in deep sh*t because so much is on the line.
|JAMESON AND ANNIE GET FRISKY|
JAMESON: Annie, I did it for us.
ANNE: Oh, I'm sure you believed that, until you had a chance to head up a mission, to command again, and then you just upended the bottle or whatever it was, and damn everything. Did you think about me at all?
JAMESON: I obtained enough of the dosage for both of us.
ANNE: But you never asked if I wanted it. It's just like you, Mark, to assume that what you felt was right was the only answer.
JAMESON: But it was the right answer for me. It was killing you, having to take care of an invalid. Annie, what good was I to you? We can be together again.
The planetary leader Karnas (Michael Pataki) wants old man Jameson to beam down on the double. Karnas won't speak to anyone else!!! Forget about it. So when Picard, Crusher and the young Jameson beam in - all hell breaks loose. Karnas has a frenzied fit of rage.
|HE IS THE ADMIRAL! URGES PICARD|
GOVERNOR KARNAS IS NOT IMPRESSED
MY REVENGE WILL BE SEEING YOU LIVE LIKE THIS. SUCH PAIN.
KARNAS: This story you are telling is unbelievable. Jameson is a man of more than eighty years, not this. I want that old man, Picard. I want to show him this world he helped to make. The scars on old soldiers' bodies.
It turns out Karnas took the hostages to reel Jameson in like a fish. But will Jameson take the bait and go in all guns blazing? What did he do to make Karnas so mad four decades ago? I'd be ruining the end if I blabbed, so have a guess or watch the fun and come back! What really happened on Mordan IV 45 years ago?
|CLAYTON ROHNER AND MARSHA HUNT|
ADMIRAL JAMESON AND WIFE ANNIE
If you discovered one vial of youth serum would you swallow it, try and replicate it, sell it or keep it a secret?
Live Long and Prosper.