Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 6, Episode 16

Birthright: Part 1 (20 Feb. 1993)

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While the Enterprise helps repair Cardassian damages to space station Deep Space Nine, Worf is offered coordinates by a Eurydian who claims his father didn't die in the battle of Kitomir decades ago but is still in a Romulan prison camp. Initially he refuses to consider his family could thus be dishonored for three generations, but changes his mind after talking to Troi and Data consulting him about the importance of one's father after a serious accidental plasma shock during an experiment with an alien device Geordi and the android helped brilliant station scientist Dr. Julian Bashir perform caused Data to have a vision staging his creator, Dr. Noonien Soong, which he is unable to understand even happening, even less the meaning. When the shock is recreated under controlled conditions, Soong explains the possibilities of dreams and the technological riddle is explained as a surprising humanizing design feature. Meanwhile Worf has forced the Eurydian to bring him to the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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The Yridian shuttle used to transport Worf to the Romulan prison camp is the same shuttle Dirgo used to transport Picard and Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Final Mission (1990). See more »

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When Worf grabs the rail at his station in frustration it clearly wobbles. See more »

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[during a shutdown, Data has experienced some kind of vision]
Doctor Bashir: Maybe you had a dream, or a hallucination.
Lt. Commander Data: I am not capable of either of those functions.
Doctor Bashir: Yet you can't account for what happened today, can you?
Lt. Commander Data: At present, I cannot.
Doctor Bashir: Well, maybe you should approach this from a more human standpoint. You're right that machines can't have hallucinations. But then again - most machines can't grow hair.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Phantasms (1993) See more »

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Unlike most two-parters, this isn't particularly good or special
29 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Birthright: Part 1" is an episode meant to connect "Star Trek: The Next Generation" with its new spin-off series "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" which debuted around the same time as this episode. Oddly, however, the only real tie-in is seeing the station as well as Dr. Bashir and NONE of the other station regulars. This is quite odd-- like a half-hearted tie-in show.

When the show begins, Dr. Bashir and Data are talking a lot about stuff. Then, unexpectedly, their little experiment in engineering runs amok and zaps Data with a bazillion volts. He's inoperable for about 30 seconds and during that time he has what seems like a near- death experience with his creator, Dr. Soong. During the rest of the show, Data tries to come to terms with this.

The other plot involves Worf. Some alien approaches him and says that Worf's father did NOT die years ago during a Romulan attack but is STILL being held prisoner. He then gets this mercenary guy to take him to this planet to investigate.

Overall, we have two plots that are just okay...nothing more. The show is odd for a two-parter because not a lot of consequence occurs.


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