Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1, Episode 12

Datalore (16 Jan. 1988)

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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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Counselor Deanna Troi (credit only)


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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16 January 1988 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The line "Shut up Wesley!" spoken by both Doctor Crusher and Captain Picard, has become a popular catchphrase for fans to express frustration with Wesley Crusher. See more »


When Data first discovers Lore's body components, he has a very emotional response to this, such as when real humans discover a long-lost relative. See more »


Lt. Commander Data: [after discovering the disassembled Lore] Could this be another me? Or possibly my brother?
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References Star Trek: The Enemy Within (1966) See more »


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Written by Percy French
Performed by Brent Spiner
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Evil twin
20 February 2007 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

This episode demonstrated just how good Brent Spiner is and how much of an asset he would be to the show. Brent really flexed his acting abilities in this and presented a interesting peep into Data's past. If a little too secretive! But this is all cleared up later in the coming seasons. Several direct lifts were taken from a Star Trek episode too, 'The Enemy Within', where Kirk is split in two by the transporter, whilst the other Kirk has scratches on his face, Lore has a twitch on his. Not too many similarities though as this would be boring. Wesley's involvement in the story was interesting and created a 'let's listen to the kid too' scenario and the crew developed a bit of respect for him from here on. The episode sets up a long running story which continues right through the fourth season to the seventh. Lore demanded to return after this..........!

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