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 »

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Data has always been unable to use elisions. However, while imploring Dr. Soong not to reactivate Lore, he uses "would've" in describing Lore's behavior. See more »

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[Dr. Soong is dying]
Dr. Noonien Soong: Everybody dies, Data. Well... almost everybody.
Lt. Commander Data: Do you believe that we are... in some way alike, sir?
Dr. Noonien Soong: In many ways, I'd like to believe.
Lt. Commander Data: Then it is all right for you to die. Because I will remain alive.
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Daddy issues...
17 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode starts with a big shock. Without any warning or explanation, Data commandeers the Enterprise. The crew is helpless to stop him as he isolates them from control of the ship and they can only wait to see where he takes them. Eventually, Data lands on a distant planet--and finds his maker, Dr. Soong. Apparently, Dr. Soong had activated a homing mechanism which forces him to return-- and with all due haste. However, there's a bit of a surprise with this homecoming, as soon Lor also arrives! There, the three talk about old times and Data learns the truth about his creation.

All three major roles in the show are played by Brent Spiner--and they make up almost all the show. This is an interesting sort of experiment, though when I read the IMDb trivia, it indicated that they had considered Keye Luke for the role of Dr. Soong--and this would have been really interesting! Still, despite a teeny, tiny bit of overacting as Dr. Soong, Spiner did a nice job in this odd and demanding triple role. As for me, I am just happy that Lor returned, as he was a wonderful villain--and there's sure to be more of his evil shenanigans in upcoming episodes.


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