Betazoids - Alien race featured on
the sci-fi series STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/SYN/1987-94.
British actress Marina Sirtis played Deanna Troi, a Betazoid
Starfleet counselor working onboard the newly commissioned
USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D. Her empathetic abilities to sense the feelings of
others (hostility, fear, suspicion etc.) were of great help to
the Captain and crew when confronted with unusual/stressful
Born March 29, 2336, at Lake El-Nar, on the planet Betazed,
Deanna was the offspring of Andrew Troi, a human
father (a Starfleet officer) and a Lwaxana, a Betazoid. An
offspring of a mixed race marriage, Troi did not possess the full
telepathic powers normal to her kind but she could communicate
mind-to-mind with most Betazoids. .
Deanna's mother, Lwaxana
(Majel Barrett) was a Federation Ambassador to Betazed,
(Daughter of the Fifth House of Betazed, holder of the sacred
chalice of Riix). She occasionally visited her "little one" onboard the
One of her visits coincided with Lwaxana's desire to find a new
When a Betazoid is on the "hunt" for a new mate their
sexual powers ("juices") quadruple often focusing all of their
energies on one male. The reluctant recipient of her attentions
was Jean Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), the Captain of the
Using her telepathic abilities to embarrass, the Captain, she
announced in front of his crew members that he was a "naughty
boy" for alleged sexual thoughts. Of course, the reserved,
dignified Captain was not amused.
When Lwaxana did find someone to love, it happened to be an
alien (David Ogden Stiers) whose culture dictated that he kill
himself in a ritual suicide (the "Resolution") when he reached
sixty years of age.
Another Betazoid character who appeared on
the series was a Federation emissary Tam Elbrun (Harry Groener)
whose empathetic/telepathic powers were so acute that he was
often in pain when around crowds of people because all of their
thoughts were echoing throughout his mind. His mission was to
investigate a space entity known as "Tin Man". Eventually, he
merged with the huge space being and left with it to travel the
On a January 1991, episode Deanna Troi temporarily
lost her telepathic abilities forcing her to confront her fears
about living without them.
Deanna Troi was very fond of
Commander William Riker (Jonathan Frakes), a Starfleet officer
known as Number One who served with her onboard her starship.
See also-NICKNAMES: "Imzadi"
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