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 approached by an alien, who claims his father was not killed in the battle of Khitomer decades... See full summary »



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Dr. Julian Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)


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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According to producer René Echevarria, his favorite part of the episode was the scene between Worf and Data in Ten-Forward, because it was a lovely moment where the two stories converged, and gave a dramatic thrust that propelled both of them forward. See more »


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 »


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Explore this image, Data. Let it... excite your imagination, focus on it. See where it leads you. Let it inspire you.
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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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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