Monday, March 13, 2017

STAR TREK TNG "TOO SHORT A SEASON"

Airdate: February 8, 1988.
 Stardate: 41309.5
 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.

GOVERNOR KARNAS
MICHAEL PATAKI


 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.

QUESTIONS:
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?

Admiral Mark Jameson was a Starfleet Mastermind Negotiator. What say you? Yay or Nay?

 Live Long and Prosper.

9 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I remember that episode.
I certainly wouldn't take it. I don't want to be stuck her forever.

Spacer Guy said...

The elixir not only made Jameson younger, it rejuvenated the body and most likely the mind as well... now wouldn't that be something?

Susan Kane said...

Any serum that incredibly awesome would surely have major side-effects, which it did. No, I'd pour it down the garbage disposal.

Spacer Guy said...

Awww c'mon guys doesn't anyone want to live forever anymore? Okay theres a tiny risk of croaking - youth serums are bound to have side effects, right?

Birgit said...

I remember this episode and enjoyed it. I forgot the old classic actress, Marsha Hunt was on this. Yes, I would take it for sure! I have no moral issues with that unless it turns me into some wombat

A Beer For The Shower said...

I don't recall this episode, but I would totally take this serum, even if I was turned into a wombat. Especially if I was turned into a wombat.

Please tell me it'd make me a wombat.

Tony Laplume said...

They did such a terrible job with the old age makeup, it almost ruins the episode. But I think I'm with Riker: I plan to live forever.

Truedessa said...

I wouldn't mind living a bit longer...just sayin'

Liz A. said...

I never did see season 1 of TNG. One of these days...

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