While the Enterprise helps repair Cardassian damages to space station Deep Space Nine, Worf is approached by an alien, who claims his father was not killed in the battle of Khitomer decades... See full summary »

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While the Enterprise helps repair Cardassian damages to space station Deep Space Nine, Worf is approached by an alien, who claims his father was not killed in the battle of Khitomer decades ago, but, is still being held in a Romulan prison camp. Initially, Worf rebuffs this, for the dishonor it would bring his family, but changes his mind and resolves himself after talking to Troi and Data. Geordi helps brilliant station scientist, Dr. Julian Bashir conduct an experiment with an unknown alien technology, which causes Data to suffer from a serious accidental plasma shock. As a result of the shock, Data seems to have a vision of his creator, Dr. Noonien Soong, which he is unable to understand. Worf has forced the alien to bring him to the predator-infested forest surrounding the Romulan camp, but, on arrival, he discovers it's not what he expected. Written by KGF Vissers

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James Cromwell (Jaglom Shrek) also played the role of Zephram Cochrane in Star Trek First Contact. 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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Dr. Noonien Soong: I wasn't sure you'd ever develop the cognitive abilities to make it this far. But if you're here, if you can see me... you've crossed over the threshold from being a collection of circuits and subprocessors, and have started a wonderful journey.
Lt. Commander Data: What type of journey?
Dr. Noonien Soong: Think of it... think of it as an empty sky.
Lt. Commander Data: I do not understand.
Dr. Noonien Soong: Sshhh. Just dream, Data. Dream.
[long pause]
Dr. Noonien Soong: Data... *you* are the bird.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Phantasms (1993) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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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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