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 ... See full summary »

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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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This takes place in 2369. See more »

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Geordi LaForge plugs a cord into the side of Data's head before intentionally rendering Data unconscious to start his "dream". The cord is also in place when Data wakes up again. The cord disappears when he falls unconscious, but this moment is part of Data's fantasy POV, in which he would not visualize the cord. See more »

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Lt. Commander Data: I do not understand.
Dr. Noonien Soong: You're not supposed to. No man should know where his dreams come from. It spoils the mystery - the fun.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Phantasms (1993) See more »

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Coincidental Father-Son Episodes--Sort Of
29 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of course, Part One is there to lay the foundation for Part Two. In this episode we have two coinciding story lines. The first involves Worf meeting an alien in a bar who, for a price, will give him information on the location of his father. Worf is intrigued because he has assumed his father is dead and his existence on a Romulan controlled planet would bring disgrace to generations of his family, including his son, Alexander. He and the alien embark on a trip to the planet. Meanwhile, Data has begun having strange, surreal dreams. He wanders hallways, seeing the same images of his "father"/creator. He tries to analyze these things, using the science of dream interpretation and Jungian symbolism. Since as an android, he shouldn't be dreaming, where is this coming from? Both plots are interesting but I have to admit, I wasn't totally grabbed at this point.


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