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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Too Short a Season

Stardate: 41309.5 After several Federation officials are taken hostage, the Enterprise is dispatched to carry a famous, but now elderly, retired negotiator back to the planet where he became famous many years before for negotiating a peaceful settlement to the planet’s civil war. It is hoped that he can replicate his previous success and get the hostages freed.

However, the elderly Admiral begins to show signs of improving health and even signs of growing younger. Soon it becomes apparent the Admiral has taken drastic measures to not only save the hostages, but to also hide the dark secret of just how he was able to end the planet’s civil war those many years ago. The measures he has taken will likely cause his death in a very short period of time; maybe even before he can complete his task.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x16
Production Number: 112
Airdate: Monday February 08th, 1988

Director: Rob Bowman
Writer: Michael Michaelian
Teleplay: D.C. Fontana

Alternate Airdates:

CA (Télé-Québec) Feb 08, 1988
UK (BBC TWO) Dec 05, 1990
FR (BBC TWO) Dec 05, 1990
IE (SETANTA IRELAND) Dec 05, 1990

  • Currently 6.6/10
6.6/10 (5 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Clayton RohnerClayton Rohner
As Admiral Mark Jameson
Marsha HuntMarsha Hunt
As Anne Jameson
Main Cast
Patrick StewartPatrick Stewart
As Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan FrakesJonathan Frakes
As Commander William T. Riker
LeVar BurtonLeVar Burton
As Lieutenant/Lt. Commander Geordi LaForge
Michael DornMichael Dorn
As Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFaddenGates McFadden
As Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina SirtisMarina Sirtis
As Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent SpinerBrent Spiner
As Lt. Commander Data
Denise CrosbyDenise Crosby
As Lt. Tasha Yar
Episode Notes
Log Entries:
*Captain's Log, Stardate 41309.5. We are in orbit around Persephone V where I have been sent to confer with Admiral Mark Jameson in regard to an extraordinary situation.

Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher) does not appear in this episode.



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