Data rescues a boy, and in a way to repress his own pain, the boy begins to mimic Data's "personality"



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A Starfleet ship has a disaster in the largest black cloud ever observed, an astronomical phenomenon which gravely distorts gravity itself. Data is able to rescue a single survivor, the young boy Timothy, who lost both his parents on the starship and suppresses the unspeakable trauma, yet may have invaluable information about what happened and how the Enterprise is best to handle the black cloud itself. Troi encourages savior Data to spend time with Timothy, who decides to 'become' an android, physically and mentally superior to humans, like his mentor. When the Enterprise reaches the black cloud, the bridge officers prove unable to handle it in any known way like the other ship, Data and Timothy must make the difference... Written by KGF Vissers

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25 January 1992 (USA)  »

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A scene near the end of the episode shows the children in a room singing "Row Row Row Your Boat" along with an unseen adult. The voice of the adult singer is actually Brent Spiner. See more »


Timothy tells the Data that the crew of the Vico were talking about increasing shield power before the ship was destroyed. This discussion took place on the bridge, which was exposed to space. It is unlikely Timothy would have heard this discussion unless her were on the bridge or in engineering. See more »


Counselor Deanna Troi: The best thing we can do right now is let Timothy take us where he wants to go. We should support the process and even encourage it.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Data, I would like you to make Timothy the best android he can possibly be.
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Data daddy.
22 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

There is some sort of huge black cloud in space (and I HATE episodes involving clouds as they are a DULL enemy indeed). Somehow a Federation ship was destroyed in it and they find a lone survivor--a child named Timothy. However, the kid is naturally traumatized and the kid cannot talk about what happened in order to help them understand what happened. In fact, the boy has adopted an interesting coping mechanism--he's decided to be an android like Data, as Data does not experience pain. So, to avoid the pain of his parents' death, the boy lives in denial and spends a lot of time with Data. Can they eventually learn what destroyed the ship so that the Enterprise, too, doesn't suffer the same fate?

It's kind of cute seeing the boy interacting with Data--and Data acting like a surrogate dad. But, the whole cloud thing is pretty dull and the overall episode is middle of the road at best.

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