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 »

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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 »

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[Data has theorized that humans need a sense of continuity to give their lives meaning]
Dr. Noonien Soong: And, uh... this continuity - does it only run one way? Backwards? To the past?
Lt. Commander Data: I suppose it is a factor in the human desire to procreate.
Dr. Noonien Soong: Oh. So you believe... that having children gives humans a sense... of immortality. Do you?
Lt. Commander Data: It is a reasonable explanation to your query, sir.
Dr. Noonien Soong: And to yours as well, Data.
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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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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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