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
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Counsellor Troi doesn't appear in this episode. See more
Data confides in Dr. Crusher about his on/off switch located on his right hip and asks her to keep it secret. Later Dr. Crusher confronts Lore, pretending to be Data, about him telling everyone about the switch he wanted to keep secret. Lore states that he felt that the bridge crew should know about it, which would include Riker. In season two during "A Measure of a Man" Riker is reviewing Data's schematics which shows a manual control in-between Data's shoulder blades. Riker smiles as if this is the first time he has heard anything about it and then proceeds to turn Data off during the trial, using the back switch instead of his hip switch. See more
You'll feel uncomfortable about aspects of your duplicate, Data. We feel uncomfortable too, and for no logical reason. If it feels awkward to be reminded that Data is a machine, just remember that *we* are merely a different variety of machine - in our case, electrochemical in nature.
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Written by Percy French
Performed by Brent Spiner See more