Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Season 3, Episode 11
Original Air Date: January 8, 1990
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The leaders of Angosia III are petitioning for Federation membership and our heroes pay them a visit to check things out. As is often the case in such stories, not all is as it seems. A military prisoner, Danar, escapes from a penal colony but is then captured by the Enterprise. Through him, the crew learn of the culture's shabby treatment of military veterans.
The episode is a commentary on the treatment of Vietnam War veterans in the United States, certainly a worthy topic. 30 years later, I would applaud any political candidate running on a veterans' affairs platform. It's not like we've improved on the matter in our wars since. The point is well made here, though as is often the case in TNG's "message" efforts, the story is occasionally heavy-handed, even hokey. On the other hand, Danar's awesome: a Bourne-esque, trained killing machine, but one with a good heart. The "chase" scene through the Enterprise at the end is the best part of the episode.
"The Hunted" is also the first of several Trek appearances for James Cromwell, the future (eventual?) Zefram Cochrane.
Jeff McCarthy (Danar) was born October 16, 1954 in Los Angeles. His career began on stage, first at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, California, then as a master's graduate and company player at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. His Broadway credentials are extensive and impressive, including Smile, Slideshow, Urinetown, Beauty and the Beast, The Pirate Queen and Chicago.
Screen roles have been numerous, though not as eye-catching. This is the first of two Trek appearances. He also has made guest appearances on The Good Wife, Cheers, LA Law, Matlock and many others. He is the voice actor for Michigan J. Frog. There are a few big screen credits, too, including RoboCop 2, Eve of Destruction and Cliffhanger.