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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Keye Luke was considered for the role of Dr. Noonien Soong. 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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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Datalore (1988) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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The family theme continued - great performance by Brent Spiner.
20 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

ST:TNG:77 - "Brothers" (Stardate: 44085.7) - this is the 3rd episode of the 4th season of Star Trek: The Next Generation and one of my favorites for the series.

The episode concerns Data, who suddenly has a program override, thereby commandeering the Enterprise, taking it to a distant planet. When he beams down (after encrypting the Bridge so no one can override his commands), he finally emerges from his override to see he's in the presence of his "father" Dr. Noonian Soong. The reason he called Data here is because he has a last gift for him - an emotion chip (which will not be integrated into him until Star Trek: Generations).

However, also beckoned by the signal Dr. Soong sent out is Lore (whom we last so in the 1st season episode "Datalore"). And of course, this is where things go wrong.

This episode marks Brent Spiner's strongest performance in the series (and perhaps the movies too) because he plays THREE characters - Data, Lore, Dr. Soong and manages to make each different and unique, thereby making US believe these 3 are interacting with each other. Brilliant to say the least.

Trivia note: Data still can't whistle the song from the pilot episode "Encounter At Farpoint".

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