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Tin Man

Review

Series : The Next Generation Rating : 3
Disc No : 3.5 Episode : 67
First Aired : 23 Apr 1990 Stardate : 43779.3
Director : Robert Scheerer Year : 2366
Writers : David Bischoff, Dennis Putman Bailey Season : 3
Guest Cast :
Colm Meaney as Miles Edward O'Brien
Guy Vardaman as Darien Wallace
Harry Groener as Tam Elbrun
Michael Cananaugh as Captain Robert DeSoto
Peter Vogt as Romulan commander
Moral :
Companionship : There's somebody out there for everybody... even if it is a giant super-powerful space hedgehog
YATI : This episode catches Geordi out disobeying orders and lying to a senior officer. When the Enterprise gets crippled by Tin Man, Riker orders Geordi to give the shields top priority. A little later we see LaForge busy fixing the sensors, after which he reports back to Riker that the shields are still down and he is doing everything he can to fix them.

Data claims that the sensor signal behind them must be a sensor malfunction or a ship because there is "no known natural phenomenon capable of travel at warp velocities". What about the Crystalline Entity they met in "Silicon Avatar"? That could travel at warp speeds. So could the Dikironium Cloud Creature in the TOS episode "Obsession". And so could the neutronic wavefront seen in ENT "The Catwalk".
Great Moment : Tin man's ripple weapon - a reuse of the special effects from the motion picture for V'Ger merging with Decker and heading off to higher dimensions, incidentally.
Body Count : The entire crew of a Romulan Warbird.
Factoid : The sounds heard inside Tin Man are actually the slowed down noises of pizza digesting inside a Human stomach, recorded through a stethoscope.
Quote : "Is that the purpose of existence? To care for someone?" - Data to Elbrun

Plotline

The Enterprise must race the romulans to get to a mysterious living ship called Tin Man. But their success depends on a former mental patient.


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