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Tin Man

What rating would you give Tin Man?  

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  1. 1. What rating would you give Tin Man?

    • 5. It?s great, I loved it!
    • 4. It?s good.
    • 3. It?s average.
    • 2. It?s not that good.
    • 1. I hated it.

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Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season: 3

Episode #: 20

Production #: 168

Episode Name: Tin Man

Original Air Date: 04.23.90


Federation emissary Tam Elbrun is a Betazed with extraordinary telepathic abilities and a former patient of Deanna Troi's. He is brought aboard the Enterprise in order to make first contact with a new lifeform dubbed Tin Man, an alien intelligence resembling an organic spaceship. The Romulans, however, have also detected Tin Man and it is a race between the Enterprise and two Romulan Warbirds to make contact first.


Harry Groener (Tam Elbrun) also appeared in the Voyager episode Sacred Ground playing the Magistrate as well as in the Enterprise episodes Terra Prime and Demons playing Nathan Samuels. He should look familiar to Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans having played Mayor Richard Wilkins III in a number of episodes.


Peter Vogt (Romulan Commander) played a Bajoran in the Deep Space Nine episode A Man Alone and as a Commandant in the Voyager episode Nemesis.




Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes as William Thomas Riker

Brent Spiner as Data

LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge

Michael Dorn as Worf

Gates McFadden as Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi

Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher


Guest Cast:


Colm Meaney as Miles O'Brien

Harry Groener as Tam Elbrun

Michael Cavanaugh as Captain DeSoto

Peter Vogt as Romulan Commander


Director: Robert Scheerer

Written By: Dennis Putman Bailey and David Bischoff


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I didn't really like this episode that much.


I've never really found the Betazoids to be particularly interesting.


The only one who I thought was a good character was the mad Lon Sudar from VOY, but mostly I find them annoying and with Lwaxana comedic.


Rating = 2

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I gave it a 4. Almost worthy of a 5. A good ep and I liked the inclusion of a very different type of alien lifeform- you know not just the same stereotypical patch a forehead on a suspiciously looking humanoid "alien". Very creative story and good f/x make this fun to watch. :lol:

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I gave it a can't go wrong with a Betazoid episode, especially when the Betazoid in question also happened to be Mayor Wilkins on Buffy. :laugh:

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