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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16 January 1988 (USA)  »

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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 »


Data states that he was found on the surface of Omicron Theta "26 years ago". The first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation takes place in the year 2364, which would imply that Data was found in the year 2338. Yet in the pilot episode Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint, Data tells Commander Riker that he graduated from Starfleet Academy "Class of '78", which would imply 2278--a full 60 years before Data was found. Since the 2364 date was not established until the Season One finale Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Neutral Zone, it is feasible that such an error could not have been predicted at the time. See more »


[last lines]
Capt. Picard: Number One, have you ever considered whether Data is more human or less human than we want?
Commander William T. Riker: I only wish we were all as well-balanced, sir.
Capt. Picard: Agreed!
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Inheritance (1993) See more »


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
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29 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Datalore' is one of the few season one episodes I'd never seen and, aside from a few head-scratchers, it's definitely a highlight. Dr. Soong's underground lab is found, meaning we're in for some Data backstory. Cue the intro of Lore, about as close to a brother there can be. Except it turns out he's a bad guy. Brent Spiner owns in this; it's an opportunity for him to stretch his legs. He plays each one completely differently - one naive, the other conniving. There's even a brawl in the cargo bay, straight out of The Original Series. The doubles used while a sole actor has to be in two places at once is surprisingly effective.

And then - seemingly out of nowhere - everyone gangs up on Wesley. now on one hand, I finally get to see the origin of the "Shut up, Wesley!" meme, but everyone just sort of goes full-on dick toward him. It's a weird scene, especially since he has a very valid point.

And Lore's turn from curiosity to villain is just a tad forced, but overall, these are just a few bumps in an otherwise well-paved road.


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