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Man of the People


Series : The Next Generation Rating : 0
Disc No : 6.1 Episode : 128
First Aired : 5 Oct 1992 Stardate : 46071.6
Director : Winrich Kolbe Year : 2369
Writers : Frank Abatemarco Season : 6
Guest Cast :
Charles Lucia as Ambassador Ves Alkar
George D. Wallace as Admiral Simon
J. P. Hubbell as Ensign
Joyce Robinson as Ensign Gates
Lucy Boryer as Ensign Janeway
Patti Yasutake as Nurse Alyssa Ogawa
Rick Scarry as Jarth
Stephanie Erb as Liva
Susan French as Sev Maylor
Tracee Lee Cocco as Ensign Jae
Moral :
Diplomatic immunity : Not always a good thing.
Toxic waist dump : Nothing is all bad?
YATI : Troi has stated several times that her empathic sense allows her to tell when a person is lying to her. So when Alkar asked her to participate in his little ceremony, why didn't she sense that there was something amiss?

When Ensign Blondie McHandsome was about to leave Deanna's quarters, she told him she knew where to find him if she needed anything more. He answered "Yes Ma'am," and walked out. But isn't this the genderless future, where female officers are called "Sir"? (As a minor aside; it's always amused me that when sci-fi shows attempt to depict 'genderless' future forms of address, they always, always do it by referring to women as men. Because who gives a damn how silly women feel, so long as we can avoid the ultimate humiliation of calling a male 'Ma'am'?)
Worst Moment : The idea that this guy can go around abusing people this way without interference is absurd. Alright he may be immune to prosecution because of diplomatic immunity, but it strains credibility that the crew can't do anything to stop an ongoing assault.
Body Count : Two; Alkar's first girlfriend and Alkar himself.
Factoid : This episode was originally scheduled to be the fourth of the season, but was moved back when "Relics" had to be moved because of James Doohan's schedule.


Troi is threatened by a visiting diplomat who wants to use her as the psychic version of a toxic waste dump.
Copyright Graham Kennedy Page views : 21,587 Last updated : 26 Jul 2018