En route to the medical facility at Starbase 416 to obtain urgent treatment for a child who's been injured, Lt. Commander Data inexplicably hijacks the Enterprise. He transports himself to a planet and finds his creator, Dr. Noonien Soong, alive and well. Data has no recollection of events prior to arriving on the planet. The elderly doctor has activated a homing device in Data as a way of bringing him home. They are both surprised however when Data's brother, Lore, also appears. The Doctor had no idea Lore had been reactivated and the homing signal intended only for Data obviously called Lore home as well. The doctor tells them that he is dying but that doesn't stop the brothers from bickering. The reason the doctor called Data home was to provide him with a new chip to give him emotions. Lore has his own plans however. Written by
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plays three roles (Data, Lore and Dr. Noonien Soongh) in this episode. All of the scenes where Spiner acts opposite himself were filmed on a closed set to help him feel more comfortable. See more
When the bridge crew finally regains control of the bridge, Worf scans the planet looking for Data and reports that the ship's scanners have detected only one "life form"...and that it is human. Either the scanners aren't working very well or Worf isn't very skilled at using them because, a short time before, a brief shot of Data approaching Dr. Soong's house on the planet showed Data walking through dense jungle-like foliage. Not only did the foliage contain what appeared to be hundreds of different green plants and trees, in the background could clearly be heard- rather loudly- the sounds of numerous insects and birds. Do these plants, trees, insects, and birds not qualify as "life forms"? See more
Lt. Commander Data
The boys appear to have reconciled their differences.
Doctor Beverly Crusher
They're brothers, Data. Brothers forgive.
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