The Enterprise visits the planet where Data was created and discovers another android like him, but when he's assembled, he's not EXACTLY like him.

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The Enterprise visits Data's planet, Omicron Theta, to see if they can learn more about his somewhat unknown beginnings. The entire population of the planet died of unknown reasons many years previously with Data being found just around that time. Although they find no one alive, they do find a huge underground complex and, surprisingly, a disassembled version of Data. They re-build him and once activated, he introduces himself as Lor, an earlier and, he claims, a superior version of Data. He claims he was disassembled because he was so human-like that he frightened the local population. In fact, he knows far more than he is letting on and has the ability to call upon a crystalline entity of great destructive power, the very power that destroyed the planet and killed all of its inhabitants. All he has to do is find a way to impersonate Data. Written by garykmcd

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The episode suffered delays during pre-production caused by re-writes to the script, resulting in the script being switched with Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Big Goodbye (1988), which meant that director Joseph L. Scanlan went on to direct that episode instead. Rob Bowman, who had previously been told by Justman that he was going to direct "The Big Goodbye" after his work on Star Trek: The Next Generation: Too Short a Season (1988), was instead assigned to direct "Datalore". See more »

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After Wesley's initial outburst, he, Riker, and Lore-masquerading-as-Data leave the bridge, but Riker and Wesley return before Lore does. This would be a perfect opportunity for Wesley to plead his case to Riker, but he doesn't. See more »

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Lore: And you want to be as stupid as them, dear Brother?
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Brothers (1990) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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The Other Side of Data
27 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an intense episode. We find out about Dr. Soon (Data's creator), Lore (his evil "brother), and the crystalline entity which, like the Borg, will make its presence known again. In this one, a trip to a planet that was once a center of agricultural is explored. It has become dead and rocky. This is the birthplace of Commander Data and upon investigation, a nearly perfect copy of Data is found. Upon resurrecting this fellow, it turns out that it is Lore, who somehow has developed an evil streak. He is probably responsible for the destruction of an entire civilization. He has hooked up with a beautiful space traveler, the crystalline entity. This thing, when it comes in contact with living creatures, destroys them. Through deception, once back on his feet, Lore disables Data and begins his plan to feed the Enterprise to the entity. Wesley Crusher has suspicions, but no one will listen to him. While there are a lot of plot holes, it is a really important part of the oeuvre. Data is really featured here and it sets up some wonderful possibilities for the future.


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