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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.
The first appearance of Data's emotion chip. It will change size, shape and installation location throughout the series, until it becomes a large 1 inch square that fits into the top of Data's head in Star Trek: Generations.
It was Brent Spiner who suggested that he play Dr. Soong when producers were having difficulties casting the role.
The dinosaur skeleton head seen in Dr. Soong's laboratory was rented from the Museum of Natural History.
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The interior and components of a combadge are seen for the first time when Dr. Soong adjusts Data's. The top and bottom sections are connected by a hinge on the (wearer's) left side. Among the interior components is a red light.
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In a re-use of prop lighting, Dr. Soong turns out to have the exact same model of wall fixture as Kivas Fajo had in his gallery room in "The Most Toys". The design apparently uses dichroic filters, as we see two pairs of colors and their complements being produced from the upward pointing white light source.
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Comic book artists Jerome K. Moore and Arne Starr met Spiner on set during the filming of this episode. Starr presented Spiner with a caricature of Spiner as Superman, titled "The Man of Shlameel." Written on it was the phrase "It's a bird, it's a plane, no... It's Spinerman!" Spiner reportedly kept the picture on his desk in his office for many years, so Starr was told.
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The emotion chip stolen by Lore is a major plot device in the TNG two-part episode "Descent" and a minor plot device in the movies Star Trek Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, and Star Trek: Insurrection. It is also referenced in the TNG episode "Inheritance".
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This episode was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for a Series.
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In April 2007, the Pakled costume worn by Brent Spiner as Lore in this episode was auctioned off in the It's A Wrap! sale and auction and sold for $2,155.00.
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James Lashly who plays Ensign Kopf in this episode later plays George Primmin in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes "The Passenger" and "Move Along Home".
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The song which Lore sings to Dr. Soong comes from the poem Abdul Abulbul Amir, written by William Percy French in 1877. That poem has been frequently misquoted and parodied, and the excerpts in this episode are also not accurate to the original text.
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James Lashly portrayed two different Starfleet officers in episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He played Lt. George Primmin in DS9: "The Passanger" and DS9: "Move Along Home" as well as Ensign Kopf in TNG: "Brothers".
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According to Brent Spiner, much of his performance was drawn from sibling rivalries he had with his own brother during childhood.
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Keye Luke was considered for the role of Dr. Noonien Soong.
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This takes place in 2367.
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Willie Potts was born in 2358.
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Noonien Soong is 105 years old at the time of his death at the hands of Lore.
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