Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4, Episode 3

Brothers (6 Oct. 1990)

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After an accident aboard the Enterprise leaves one of its children in grave danger, Data commandeers the Enterprise, driven to take him to an unknown origin, where an interesting figures awaits.



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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 garykmcd

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Brent Spiner 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 »


In order to lock out the ship's functions, Data inputs a very long code. The next scene shows the data stream on the console with some numbers missing. - What Data says: One, seven, three, four, six, seven, three, two, one, four, seven, six, charlie, three, two, seven, eight, nine, seven, seven, seven, six, four, three, tango, seven, three, two, victor, seven, three, one, one, seven, eight, eight, eight, seven, three, two, four, seven, six, seven, eight, nine, seven, six, four, seven, three, six, lock. - What the console says: one, seven, three, four, six, seven, two, one, four, seven, six, charlie, three, two, seven, eight, nine, seven, seven, seven, six, three, tango, seven, three, two, victor, seven, three, one, one, seven, one, eight, eight, eight, seven, three, two, four, seven, six, seven, eight, nine, seven, six, four, three, seven, six, lock. See more »


Lt. Commander Data: Why did you create me?
Dr. Noonien Soong: Why does a painter paint? Hm? Why does a boxer box? You know what Michelangelo used to say? That the sculptures he made were already there before he started, hidden in the marble. All he needed to do was - ssht - remove the unneeded bits. Wasn't quite that easy with you, Data. But the need to do it, my need to do it, was no different than Michelangelo's need.
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Data, Lore, and Soong
20 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another episode designed to expand the universe of "The Next Generation." The episode begins with a tragic episode where a child has played a practical joke on his brother and put his life in danger. He has to get to a star base to get medical attention. While the Enterprise makes its way to the star base, Data suddenly goes out of control. He jams up all the systems on the Enterprise including creating force fields throughout the ship. He sends that ship at Warp 9 to some unknown destination. The crew can't do a thing and don't even know where they are. The access codes were compromised which puts a damper on almost everything. At some point, the ship comes to a stop and Data beams down to the surface. In a house on an unnamed planet is Data's creator, Dr. Soong (played by Spiner) who is the cause of all this deception. He has decided that before he dies, he will implant a tiny emotion chip in his creation. Unfortunately, who should show up but Data's "brother" Lore. He preceded Data and was a bit of a failure, having actually precipitated the "death" of Soong (or so people thought) by betraying him to the Crystalline entity. The action at the house is wonderfully engaging. Once again, an episode to set up future conflicts, but also to explain the whole story of Data and Lore.

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