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Suddenly Human

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Title : Suddenly Human Rating : 3
First Aired : 15 Oct 1990 Stardate : 44143.7
Director : Gabrielle Beaumont Year : 2367
Writers : Ralph Phillips Season : 4
Rating : 3.0000 for 1 reviewsAdd your own review
Reviewer : Indefatigable Rating : 3
Review : Actually, quite a cleverly-written episode, the acting was not bad either. As I see it, Jono/Jeremiah essentially had a form of Stockholm Syndrome, having formed such a traumatic bond that he really believed he was no longer human. Picard could have taken the easy way out, warping off to the nearest starbase and letting the lawyers sort this all out (they would have ruled in favour of the Rossas, no doubt) but that wouldn't be Picard. Besides, as Troi pointed out, that would have effectively put Jono through a second kidnapping - two wrongs don't make a right. Instead, he tried to do things the hard way, getting through to Jono on a personal level, trying to convince him. It was working as well, we saw it. However, his judgement of Endar was somewhat flawed - this man had been involved in a massacre which killed innocent civilians including Jono's mother (and probably many children). However, he WAS the one person who asked what Jono wanted AND made it clear that the decision would stand (although, as the abductor, that was a pressurised decision). The result was an attempted 'suicide by cop' (I reckon he aimed to HIT Picard's sternum to make it look like a genuine murder attempt). And that was obviously the tipping point in Picard's decision. However, their little head-grabbing ritual at the end suggested that Jono/Jeremiah might have begun to accept his Human identity. Maybe one day, he will be back. Briefly, Chad Allen did very well, far more convincing than a certain cast member. Also, we had our first look at Talarian ships. Judging by the numbers we see, they seem to operate the Clydeside of space!
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