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Star trek: The next generation 1.08b - Too short a season

Stardate 41309.5
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After Governor Karnas (Michael Pataki) of Mordan IV reports that terrorists have seized UFP Ambassadors and will only speak to legendary negotiator Admiral Mark Jameson (Clayton Rohner), the Enterprise takes him on board, aged and suffering from Iverson's Disease, along with his spouse, Anne (Marsha Hunt).

After Mark starts looking younger and suffering from intense pain, Picard questions him and discovers that the Admiral obtained a youth restorer from Cerebus II. When the Mordan IV crisis arrived, he took all of his own dose as well as the one he'd obtained for Ann.

A short time later, Mark opens a secret channel to Karnas and discovers that there are no terrorists: Karnas wants him for revenge...

Persons of interest

  • Patrick Stewart .... Captain Jean-Luc Picard
  • Jonathan Frakes .... Commander Will Riker
  • Michael Dorn .... Lieutenant Worf
  • Brent Spiner .... Lieutenant Commander Data
  • Gates McFadden .... Commander Doctor Beverly Crusher
  • Marina Sirtis .... Lieutenant Commander Counsellor Deanna Troi
  • LeVar Burton .... Commander Geordi La Forge
  • Wil Wheaton .... Wesley Crusher
  • Denise Crosby .... Lieutenant Natasha "Tasha" Yar
  • Majel Barrett .... USS Enterprise-D computer voice
  • Michael Pataki .... Governor Karnas
  • Clayton Rohner .... Admiral Mark Jameson
  • Marsha Hunt .... Anne Jameson
  • Michael Michaelian .... Storywriter, Screenwriter
  • DC Fontana .... Screenwriter
  • Robert Bowman .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

A cautionary tale about the dangers of obsession. Mark Jameson is a man obsessed with his own future, or lack thereof. Like many a starship captain he is used to having his own way and finds that retirement, old age and disease care nothing for his desires. Thus, when he is given the chance to once more be useful, he leaps at the opportunity. Leaps in where others would fear to tread. One small step for humankind, one giant leap backward for a man.

Clayton Rohner takes on the extremely difficult task of portraying the ageing process (it's the same going forwards as it is going backwards) as well as the arrogance of a crotchety old bastard and does both extremely well. The make-up is extraordinary. Obviously he is a young man but even after watching Too short a season I can't tell you just which version of Jameson is closest to his actual age. That's cool!

Security censorship classification

PG (Adult themes)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Out now

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