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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credited Brent Spiner
for making the episode work, giving one example, "He did the one scene in his own office with Brent sitting down and Lore discussion what it's like to be human. He did one side, we shot through a double, then turned around, read it the other way and shot the other half of it. Those two characters in those scenes are different people... he really painted those characters differently." See more
The Crystalline Entity is a known destroyer of colonies and worlds, yet at the end of the episode, the Enterprise does nothing to pursue, track, or destroy the creature, nor is any mention made of warning other worlds or ships about it. Instead, they let it go, and go off in a different direction. See more
The troublesome little manchild... Are you prepared for the kind of death you've earned, little man?
Let's Call the Whole Thing Off (You Say 'Tomato', I say 'Tomato')
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Brent Spiner See more