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This is a Deanna Troi-focused episode in the ‘Star Trek: TNG’ series. In this episode, Deanna is about to get married. Except this is an arranged marriage between her and a human. A shock of all shocks!
Up to this point, Deanna has been mostly a sensitive woman, sensing the emotions of others around her in her counsellor duties. In this, we get to see more about her as a character as well as her background.
This episode is also notable for featuring the first appearance of Majel Barret as Lwaxana Troi, Deanna’s mother. I was delighted to see Majel Barret in this story as she was in ‘The Original Series’.
Majel played Nurse Chapel in the original ‘Star Trek’ as well as being married to ‘Star Trek’ creator, Gene Roddenbery. Here she plays an eccentric character compared to how she played Nurse Chapel.
Lwaxana Troi is a rather overbearing and sometimes rude mother for Deanna. She lets her honestly get the better of her, especially when she’s telepathic and she can read the minds of other so easily.
Deanna has to cope with her mother’s eccentricities and she too gets frustrated by her open-minded honestly. Lwaxana doesn’t seem to get it when her daughter disagrees with her on certain subjects.
There are occasions when Lwaxana and Deanna talk to each other telepathically and not use words of mouth. It’s interesting how they communicate like that with no one else hearing the conversation.
The episode also features Carel Struycken’s first appearance as Mr. Homn in the ‘TNG’ series. Mr. Homn is Lwaxana’s silent valet. He seems to enjoy drinking a lot and only talks by the episode’s end.
Deanna is pledged to be married to Robert Knepper as Wyatt Miller. Wyatt is a pleasant chap who is also medical doctor. Deanna isn’t what he was expecting, but the two share a nice relationship here.
It seems that this arranged marriage between Deanna and Wyatt was because of her father knowing Wyatt’s father. This seems to be a Betazoid custom, but it is not one that Denna’s very happy about.
It’s also one that Will Riker’s not very happy about, since there’s still a romantic connection between her and Deanna. But Deanna has to go through with it and Riker wants to become a starship captain.
Despite Deanna and Wyatt trying to connect with each other, Wyatt seems to have had dreams of another woman when he was a child. He’s even drawn pictures of that woman based on his dreams.
The episode also features Nan Martin as Victoria Miller and Robert Ellenstein as Steven Miller, Wyatt’s parents. Both parents don’t get on well with Lwaxana, as they find her very overbearing too.
During a dinner scene, Lwaxana and Wyatt’s parents argue over cultural decisions to happen at the wedding scene. This includes the bride, groom and other guests appearing naked during the ceremony.
I’m not sure I’m comfortable with this notion of everyone appearing naked during a wedding ceremony. It’s a Betazoid tradition, but it’s rather unsettling when you consider this being put into practice.
Eventually in the episode, an unmarked vessel approaches the planet Haven, where the Enterprise is in orbit of. The ship contains a handful of Tarellian refugees aboard, including one Wyatt recognizes.
This Tarellian happens to be Danitza Kingsley as Ariana. She’s the woman that Wyatt saw in his dreams and fell in love with. Eventually, Wyatt beams over to the Tarellian ship to be with his Ariana.
By the way, Worf doesn’t appear in this episode at all. I wonder if Worf was considered to be written out of the series as well as Deanna Troi was. Worf hasn’t had much development in the series so far.
‘Haven’ is an okay episode from the ‘TNG’ series. It has some nice character development for Deanna Troi and it was great to see Majel Barret make her first appearance as Lwaxana Troi for the ‘TNG’ series.
‘Haven’ (TNG) rating – 6/10
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